Architecture & Urbanism

ACT Supreme Court Redevelopment

Canberra, ACT

The ACT Supreme Court Redevelopment PPP project involved the complete redevelopment of the existing Supreme Court building dating from 1962 and the creation of a new ‘wing’ fronting onto Vernon Circle: one of the key urban nodes in Walter Burley Griffin’s esteemed master plan for Canberra.

The design mediated between existing heritage buildings and areas of national importance with the creation of contemporary courts facilities including 6 new court rooms, judicial accommodation, juror facilities, courts registry, courts public spaces and secure holding areas.

The resultant new wing of the ACT Supreme Court was a 5-level structure following the radial nature of Vernon Circle and further reinforcing this important urban pattern.
The radial geometry also increased façade perimeter which in turn maximised the degree of natural light and view to all court rooms.

Traditional and Continuing Land
Country of the Ngunnawal people

Capital Courts Consortium

9,000 m2


Project (Public Private Partnership)

Modern Rationalism / Heritage Adaption

Axial Alignments / Civic Translations

Project Team
Bates Smart & Katsieris Orgiami:
Architects in Association

Architecture & Urbanism