Designing an integrated justice precinct
Symbolic of over 220 years of public service to the people of NSW, the Trial Courts sit on the site of Parramatta’s original tent hospital. Part of a precinct that includes the Justice Building, Children’s Court, Trial Courts and a public square, our design completes an integrated precinct for Parramatta. SWTC is designed to accommodate and serve the diverse needs of the Drug Court, Local Court, Call-Over Court, Parole, District and Supreme Courts. The design responds directly to its environment with solid walls marking east and west and transparent walls to the north and south. This allows for the maximum benefits of natural light, provides views in and out of the building and minimises morning and afternoon heat loads and glare. The solid sides and transparent faces that address the entry make the building form, while a distinctive skin wraps the outside. The skin creates a generous canopy over the front entry, heightening accessibility and improving wayfinding. External solid cladding emphasises the entry and the primary functions within the court facility. The façade is made up of a vibrant copper puzzle of shapes, contrasting the skyline and complimenting the use of glass. From the street, the Trial Courts appear as a unified, contemporary organisation that make up a contemporary part of the precinct in Parramatta.