Bridgette Meinhold

New Zealand's Eco Supreme Court Building Lays Down the Law

by , 10/18/10

supreme court of new zealand, warren & mahoney, shade screen, sustainable design, sustainable architecture, green building

The new Supreme Court Building was completed in 2009 along with the renovation of the old High Court building. Rather than building a massive multi-story structure, Waren & Mahoney settled on a two-story square building, whose scale respects the tradition of the historic court, but still possessed its own distinct identity.

An 8 meter tall bronze screen, influenced by native Rata and Pohutukawa trees with red glass “flowers”, wraps the entire courthouse and serves as a shade screen. Made from recycled metal, the screen provides privacy for the interior offices, solar shading, glare control and weather protection.

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  1. Designiconz October 21, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    A great project. I love it but….there is one comment that I would like to make. It seems as though the facade is not grounded and a great pity the column were not considered as an integral feature also, both inside and out. Maybe the they could have been decorated in some way also to compliment the foliage of the design? It would also provide a feeling from inside that you were enveloped by the outer skin…. leading you into the main body if you like.
    PS If I make a mistake with my typing it is because this site has ads that run completely over one side of the allotted space!

  2. Urban Forest Cultural C... October 19, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    [...] and art center features a dramatic wine-colored Flying Theater composed of geometric shapes to enhance acoustics. The center will also provide library programs for residents in addition to concerts, [...]

  3. mevaswissy October 19, 2010 at 7:40 am

    The courtroom looks a bit like SOM’s Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland. Otherwise an interesting project …

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