Justice at last
Those diligent people over at Skyscraper City have posted a collection of renderings of the new Supreme Court building that I referred to yesterday. Here's one of them:
You can get a glimpse of the spherical wood and copper "free-standing courtroom" in the centre, though it doesn't seem as prominent as it did in the model depicted in yesterday's paper. According to the official press release, the bronze screen that surrounds the upper level "depict[s] the strength, durability and stature of the Pohutukawa and Rata tree". I'm cautiously enthusiastic (if that's not a contradiction in terms) about the design, but want to see more before I make up my mind.
It's a pity that Warren & Mahoney aren't having an open practice as part of Wellington Architecture Week, but next Thursday Alex Couchman, W&M's Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) Principal, will be taking part in a lunchtime discussion called "Can architecture save the planet? Architecture and Climate Change". Given that the building is touted as employing ESD technologies such as displacement ventilation, solar heating and ground source energy exchange, the Supreme Court design could be on the agenda.