The formal expression of the new Franklin County Courthouse distills elements of a traditional courthouse into a legible contemporary form. Through extensive south-facing exterior glass, the public can read the building’s internal workings.
The repetitive courtroom blocks are visible along a main circulation spine in a manner clearly apparent from outside the structure.
The massive elevator core recalls the traditional courthouse clock tower but provides multiple interior and exterior vantage points from elevator cabs and connecting bridges.
The horizontal emphasis of the building mass is sympathetic to the scale of historic buildings across High Street and mediates the scale transition to buildings across Mound Street. The iconic building form reflects its role as an important civic structure in the heart of the Columbus community.
Completed in association with RicciGreene Associates & Arquitectonica.
Awards, accreditations, & recognition
Justice Award by The American Institute of Architects
Award for Urban Impacting Project by Harrison Smith
Record Best Government Project in the Midwest by Engineering News