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Paso Robles, California

The design for the new Paso Robles Superior Court responds to a program requiring a two-courtroom facility that can be expanded to four courtrooms in the future. It is one of the first courthouses to be developed under new California Administrative Office of the Courts standards, incorporating updated criteria for sustainability, accessibility, and security. The building site is at the center of an evolving civic campus of public and historical buildings, and the project references a materials palette and urban character the City seeks to reinforce.

The two-story design gives the
building’s massing a civic presence,
creates dialogue with adjacent public
buildings, and differentiates the court
from nearby single story retail and
service buildings. The arrangement
of plan elements into a quarter-circle geometry allows significant compression
of the “back-of-house” circulation systems that normally consume an inordinate amount of a courthouse floor plate.

Set back from the corner, the structure anchors a large, landscaped public
plaza at the corner of Park and 10th Streets. The curved front wall links streetfacing elements of the Public Safety Center to the east and the City Hall/Library to the north. Public lobbies are adjacent to full height glazing at this wall, which offer views of building users, activating the
public plaza and further connecting
building function with the public realm.

Client: California Superior Court
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