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.
View from Southeast
Entry Level Plan
View from Northeast
Wave Curtain Wall
Lower Entry Atrium
Upper Courts Atrium
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