Archive for April, 2013
The United States Federal Courthouse San Diego, designed by Michael Palladino of Richard Meier and Partners, was inaugurated in early April. The courthouse is a slender and elegant 16 story tower that rises above a transparent and translucent base. The tower is clade in layers of wafer like terra cotta and glass. The ultra thin massing supports sustainable design strategies to provide daylight to the whole building, most importantly in the courtrooms which receive filtered daylight from both the east and west.
In addition to the new courthouse, the master project plan includes a substantial new public plaza with public paths, a water feature and gardens that integrate the new and existing federal buildings nearby.