Ipswich Justice Precinct

Ipswich, Queensland

The compelling aim for this project was to humanise the experience of the justice system, one that is often alienating and exacerbated by typically confronting civic architecture. Simultaneously, was the desire to contribute to and enrich the city’s public realm. The design responded to complex functional requirements – particularly the need to accommodate both Magistrates and District Courts with different operational processes – and its location, at the end of the city’s main civic axis. The key concept was to ‘erode’ the site, forming a significant new public space rather than a building frontage to the axis. A sequence of circulation spaces was wrapped and engaged around this. The collaboration with artists to enrich the spatial experiences and impart cultural relevance and meaning was crucial.

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FDG Stanley Award for Public Architecture, AIA QLD 2010

GHM Addison Award for Interior Architecture, AIA QLD 2010

State Award for Art & Architecture, AIA QLD 2010

In association with
ABM Architects
Department of Justice and Attorney-General, Queensland Government
Project Status
Completed, 2005-2009
Key Consultants
Bruce Reynolds, Laurie Nilsen, Alexander Lotersztain, Gwyn Hanssen Pigott, Madonna Staunton + Michael Litter, Samuel Tupou, Lincoln Austin, Kenji Uranishi, Jacqueline Armistead, Robert Bird Group, WSP (Lincolne Scott), SPP Group, RCP, RLB, Tract Consultants, Ron Rumble Renzo Tonin, Eric Martin and Associates, Dot Dash
Contractor / Builder
Gross Floor Area
Perry Gustafsson
Samantha Ritch