BOOYSENS MAGISTRATE'S COURT - INTERIORS

Despite an austerity of means, careful consideration of interior space and finishes privileges the common man in a great concourse, befitting an institution for the dispensing of justice.

PROJECT DATE
2018
CITY
JOHANNESBURG
COUNTRY
SOUTH AFRICA
SIZE
9 800m2
CLIENT
DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
COLLABORATORS
CONSULTIUM ARCHITECTS

The interior design of this civic building celebrates the new dispensation of justice with a fresh, modern, rich and uplifting interior.

The Booysens Magistrate’s Court encapsulates a modern design by implementing a neutral palette of finishes in a design that leaves each element and detail to its essence, ensuring that the interior of the building remains functional, yet aesthetically pleasing.

Despite their grandeur, the interiors in the public spaces and the courtrooms neither overwhelm nor intimidate. The practical and functional is softened by the careful selection of textures and finishes. The use of acoustic materials and the directionality of finishes allows the user to navigate the interior with ease, forming places to gather and interact within spaces comfortably.

Acoustically the design ensures that the required level of intimacy, privacy and ultimately security are implemented. Through careful juxtaposition of surfaces and materials, a convex acoustic ceiling was designed to absorb and deflect all public environment noises. This extraordinary acoustic ceiling accentuates the grandeur and linearity of the building while ultimately securing a level of intimacy. It contrasts dramatically against the off-shutter concrete and hard interior finishes that were primarily selected for durability. The richness and comfort of the courts are a deliberate contrast to create a space that appears spacious and grand, but maintains the feeling of intimacy and privacy throughout.

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