Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Denton Corker Mashall Manchester Civil Justice Centre
Denton Corker Marshall’s innovative design is narrative of its public programme; the architectural image of the building is the juxtaposition of a series of abstract volumes, a combined area of 34,000 m² including courtrooms, consultation spaces, offices and support areas. The vertical extruded glass foyer is symbolic of transparency and connection to the community, whilst the working courts and offices are the building’s functional requirements, and thus occupy its core. The project has become a precedent for typological and technological change, as it evidences a successful marriage between technology, its materials and environmental performance, and sculpture, its experimental form.
It was appropriate to select this building as it accomplishes its programming requirements through an inventive layered horizontality.