Criminal Courts of Justice
Location: Dublin, Ireland
Architect: Henry J Lyons & Partners
This world class facility is suited to the administration of criminal justice in twenty first century Ireland. It is a landmark civic building and an iconic addition to the Dublin cityscape. The use of indigenous and quality materials reflects the dignity and importance of the courts and ensures the privacy and comfort of all court users. Light is filtered into the courtrooms by means of an external bronze screen which highlights the walnut furniture and fittings. The building provides separate and secure segregation for the public, jurors, persons in custody, judiciary and staff.
The new Criminal Courts Complex is situated on a 0.95-hectare site on Parkgate Street, Dublin 8. It is comprised of approx 25,000m² of accommodation, in 630 rooms, situated in a circle (75 m diameter). The 11 storey concrete structure is clad with a mixture of twin skin and unitised façade systems, totalling 12,000 m². The Great Hall is 28m high by 40m diameter, accessed via a public plaza at the entrance. The saw toothed glass facade expresses the double height courtrooms within. A perforated metal screen controls glare and maintains privacy. The entire becomes both an acoustic barrier and energy efficient double skin; creating varied shadow and visual interplay.