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Bronx County Hall of Justice

Rafael Viñoly Architects

Courthouses are one of the most complex of building typologies to plan, yet their functions demand simplicity. Back in the 1930s, American courthouses were few and tended to be fortress-like structures. In 1991, a court facilities masterplan for New York City was introduced after decades during which its courthouses had become dilapidated. A few years later, the Federal Government launched a design excellence programme supporting 155 new federal courthouses throughout the United States, some of which were designed by a nationally known architect collaborating with a local firm familiar with the terrain. Suddenly, it seemed, the civic image of the law was being reinvented. The new construction programme in New York City included courthouses in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island, as well as an extensive refurbishment programme.
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