District Court of Western Australia

Perth, Western Australia

The new District Court Building was conceived as an environment of human dignity, physical comfort and respect for both the public users and regular occupants of the court environment.

The aspiration for a comfortable and dignified experience of the courts is translated into the light-filled and peaceful central space and calm interiors of the courtrooms. It is also a contemporary and emblematic urban marker of justice within Perth, its central portal creating an immediately recognisable silhouette on the city horizon.

The public spaces within the building are highly visible and engage with the theatre and normalcy of street life. It is a transparent expression of the court’s process and its importance to our social organisation. The spatial and operational arrangement of the building supports the fundamental operational and human elements of ritual, exchange and support.

The building significantly enhances human values in all the processes of justice and delivers clarity of experience for all participants. Public exchange and interface occurs in a highly legible manner providing constant contact with natural light, the horizon and the surrounding city. The building promotes a legible, non-threatening environment where people are firmly oriented in their surroundings.

  • Awards
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  • Cox Team

Rider Levett Bucknall Award for Public Buildings, Property Council of Australia Innovation and Excellence Awards WA 2010

Public Use Building Winner, Master Builders Excellence in Construction Awards 2009 (Brookfield Multiplex)

Department of the Attorney General, State Government of Western Australia
Project Status
Completed, 2004-2008
Key Consultants
BGE, Wood & Grieve Engineers, SKM, Vipac, Lyons Architecture, JMG Building Surveyors
Contractor / Builder
Brookfield Multiplex
Gross Floor Area
Simon Bodycoat
Richard Marton
Nigel Saull
Renae Prisov