The modern courthouse is a space of power, intimidation and control; a building that requires its users to be submissive and obedient. This environment contributes to the emotional trauma of participating in the judicial process.
By challenging contemporary standards of courthouse organization, aesthetics, and program, this project aims to provide empathy and support to users that a typical courthouse does not. Flipping the hierarchies, siting, and programming of the traditional courthouse, this space can adapt to shifting community needs and puts the emotional and physical experience and wellbeing of users at its centre.
The fear and respect demanded by the architecture of the typical courthouse model is no accident; how can we subvert this power and reclaim the courthouse as a productive and healing space for the people, serving its community rather than intimidating it?