Beenleigh Town Square and Courthouse Interface
Logan City Council is undertaking an upgrade of Beenleigh Town Square, and in conjunction, wish to upgrade both the Beenleigh Courthouse and its interface with the new Town Square. This exercise includes a new courthouse entry, activating the adjacent street frontages, simplifying the interface between the Courthouse and the Town Square and enhancing and activating the Square’s civic platform with a new roof canopy.
The design simplifies the irregular plan shape of the existing courthouse with a new copper screen, veiling the existing concrete building. The expressed structure references order, consistency and strength giving a strong civic presence to the building. The perforated copper blades create a visual interest while presenting a cohesive facade to both the Square and adjacent streets. The translucent roof ties the civic platform to the courthouse, providing a complex play of light and shadow during the day and a backlit glow at night, animating and enlivening the performance space and courthouse day and night. The use of a stone cladding to the rear of the performance space and the courthouse base further ties new Town Square to the courthouse.
The design includes retail opportunities to activate both the Square and adjacent Kent Street, while creating a new entry ramp providing equitable access off James Street. The upgraded entry provides an accessible connection from street level as well as improving security. The design response provides two additional court rooms together with secure judicial and custodial access that can be delivered whilst allowing the courthouse to remain operational.
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