Toledo US Courthouse

Location
Toledo, Ohio
Date
Jan. 1, 2009
Credit
Yazdani Studio

Toledo US Courthouse

Toledo US Courthouse

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  • Toledo, Ohio

    Under the auspices of the General Services Administration Design Excellence Program and located at the intersection of Cherry and Michigan streets on the city’s Civic Center Mall the new courthouse, a 223,600 sf facility, provides six courtrooms and space to accommodate future District Court expansion. Our design concept organizes the six courts in three pairs of courtrooms - each in its own cylindrical volume. The court masses are arranged in a right angle configuration. Cohesion of the composition occurs with a continuous horizontal roof plane. The three volumes emerge from the roof as domes. The roof extends towards the west to engage the buildings drop-off. This long cantilever produces a strong horizontal image fronting the mall, terminating the north end and creates a dramatic counterpoint to the existing county courthouse at the opposing end of the mall. The continuous curved surface of the courthouse volume creates a soft link to the landscape of the mall while the rectilinear organization of the chambers creates a strong connection to the urban grid. The scale and articulation of the chamber mass also creates a strong visual connection between the courthouse and the adjacent three story apartment buildings across Cherry Street.

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