The Criminal Courts of Justice

The largest courts project
undertaken in Ireland
for over 200 years

The Criminal Courts of Justice is the largest courts project undertaken in Ireland for over 200 years. Its 22 courtrooms and associated legal and administrative functions include a bespoke joinery fit-out incorporating the highest levels of technology.

Located at the eastern tip of the Phoenix Park, its siting continues the tradition of placing public buildings within sight of the River Liffy. A distinctive urban marker, the circular form gives equal weight to both city and park, creating a new more definitive threshold to both. 

Client Amber Infrastructure/Irish Courts Service
Location Phoenix Park, Dublin 8
Year 2010
Size 25,000m²
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The saw toothed glass facade expresses the double height courtrooms within

The ‘Great Hall’ is both the ‘physical and spiritual centre of the building’. A seven-storey window draws in the Park, reinforcing the sense of place. Volumetric simplicity promotes equality, dignity and respect. 

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 shadows and visual interplay.

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