Bronx County Hall of Justice, New York, Architecture, Photos, Building

Bronx County Hall of Justice : Architecture

New York Courts Building, USA – design by Rafael Vinoly Architects

Jan 15, 2007

Bronx County Hall of Justice


Design: Rafael Vinoly

Courthouse at 265 East 161 Street, between Sherman and Morris Avenues in the Bronx.

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photos from ING Media 080208

The Bronx County Hall of Justice stands prominently on its two-block site facing East 161st Street near the borough’s Grand Concourse. The building houses forty-seven courtrooms, seven grand jury rooms, offices, and provides underground parking for 240 vehicles.

Incorporating the building within the surrounding community was important during the design process. While natural light and views were desirable, heightened security requirements demanded protective design.

The L-shaped building forms the edges of a public courtyard, reinforcing the commercial street wall and embracing the neighboring communities with an open and engaging civic plaza.

Bronx County Hall of Justice Building
image from Rafael Viñoly Architects 220107

The Hall of Justice expresses the judicial system’s openness and transparency through an innovative translucent curtain wall: fritted glass lets daylight deep into the building and screens the private circulation corridors. This accordion-fold curtain wall includes “light shelves” that reflect daylight and reduce heat and glare. Diffused glazing renders interiors effectively opaque from street level, while providing exterior views from inside. The jury assembly room, adjacent to the building in a separate mass, is a visceral symbol of the true seat of justice.

Inside, building functions are layered in zones of public access for visitors and clients, providing private access for staff. Individual courtrooms comprise most of the floor plan; stairs, detainee areas, and mechanical system distribution are found in the building core.

Approx. Building Budget cost: $421m

Bronx County Hall of Justice images / information from Rafael Vinoly Architects

Bronx County Hall of Justice architects : Rafael Vinoly

Location: 265 East 161 Street, Bronx, New York City, NY, USA

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