Cripe Architects and Engineers Competition: 1st place award
arch 401, fall 2009.
I consider courthouses, as a building type, to be about how the law can best serve the population, and I sought to explore this throughout the design of this project. I gave special consideration to the occupants' experience of security and circulation and how the two can interact. This is illustrated in diagrams below. Further, because the site I worked with is located in downtown Portland, I felt that it was important for my design to serve its economic context of mixed-use and retail as well. In order to respond to and stimulate this context, I elevated the courthouse program over a cushion of retail spaces on the first floor. This also permits enhanced security, as sensitive spaces are held above and are protected from the street.
Status: School Project
Location: Portland, OR, US