THE CRIMINAL COURTS OF JUSTICE
The Criminal Courts of Justice is the largest courts project undertaken in Ireland for over 200 years. Its 22 courtrooms and associated legal and administrative functions include a bespoke joinery fit-out incorporating the highest levels of technology.
Located at the eastern tip of the Phoenix Park, its siting continues the tradition of placing public buildings within sight of the River. The circular form gives equal weight to both city and park creating a more definitive threshold to both. Its simplicity and conviction gathers the disparate elements of the brief into a singular identity. The simple form belies an inherent complexity. Segregating judicial, juror, public and custodial circulation systems is a significant challenge, while directing natural light to each of the courtrooms is a feat rarely achieved in multi-storey criminal court facilities.
The saw toothed glass facade expresses the double height courtrooms within. A perforated metal screen controls glare and maintains privacy. The entire becomes both an acoustic barrier and energy efficient double skin; creating varied shadow and visual interplay.