UNITED STATES FEDERAL COURTHOUSE
El Paso, Texas
The new Federal Courthouse
is a civic monument that defines the edge of downtown El Paso, framing
the magnificent view toward Mount Franklin, while simultaneously establishing
a hierarchy of urban spaces that connect the city fabric to the inner
spaces of judicial proceedings.
The library - iconically
symbolic as a repository of the written history of law - is made visible
to the public, spanning between the Special Proceedings Courtroom/ Chambers
and the main body of the courthouse. The lobby is a raised interior civic
plaza that is contained by the copper object of the special proceedings
court and the stone body of the courthouse proper.
In silhouette, the new Federal Courthouse for El Paso becomes a rugged southwest landscape in abstraction, while expressing a social diagram of American egalitarian ideals.