Four times larger than its predecessor, the Leighton Judicial Complex includes space for 16 courtrooms and office support space for the district, family and superior courts, with each division occupying its own floor.
Each floor of the courthouse includes a row of courtrooms and a section of departments and support offices, clearly separated to help visitors easily find their destination.
This building presents itself with intuitive clarity to visitors, who typically come during a stressful time. A 95-foot-tall abstract glass sail houses the main vertical circulation. The glass facade symbolizes the open judicial process while animating the building’s public spaces.
The public waiting area features all-glass spaces that offer a glimpse into the public processes taking place inside.
200,000 sq. ft. / 18,600 sq. m.
American Institute of Architects – AIA Justice Facilities Review
National Center for State Courts – Retrospective of Courthouse Design, 2001-2010