Claudio Aravena Mesías
Katherine Irwin Faulks
Soo Hyun Trinh
The Newcastle Courthouse is located on Hunter Street within Sydney’s main civic precinct, housing both a courthouse and local government office.
The design includes twelve courtrooms and appears open and inviting while conveying its civic importance. The experience of the public has been given high-priority through open atrium spaces, integrated public art and waiting environments with high levels of comfort – including separated spaces for opposing parties.
The triangular shape of the site was utilised with internal public circulation and waiting spaces that overlook the entry forecourt. Designers also used the building’s shape to take advantage of good solar access and views of the harbour.