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AOC Long Beach Courthouse Competition
(# 134)
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The first Performance-Based Infrastructure project initiated by the State of California, this 500,000 SF Long Beach courthouse balances the traditional judicial expression of monumentality and decorum with a more playful aesthetic rooted in its climate and community. It symbolizes the dignity of law, while expressing a dynamic new optimism in form.
Responding to context and thermal performance the sustainably designed building rises from an administrative podium reinforcing the street grid; court floors above rotate to ideal solar orientation and views of the Pacific. All courtrooms receive natural daylight and are massed in a "V" configuration, creating skylit public atria. Roof gardens provide calming respite for public, jurors and staff. Judicial chambers are articulated on the north, while a thematic “wave” curtain wall—composed of colored and patterned glasses—washes the south, reflecting the region’s relationship to the ocean and bathes courtroom circulation in cleansing light.
Site Plan+Vicinity
Courts Plan+Stacking
View from Southeast
Entry Level Plan
View from Northeast
Wave Curtain Wall
Lower Entry Atrium
Upper Courts Atrium
Public Concourse
Court Plan+Section
Twilight Birdseye
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