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Roma Mitchell Commonwealth Law Court Building
Title : Roma Mitchell Commonwealth Law Court Building Roma Mitchell Commonwealth Law Court Building
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Creator : Scott, Jenny, photographer
Source : B 70178
Date of creation : 2006
Format : Photograph
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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View of part of the Commonwealth Law Court Building in Angas Street just off Victoria Square.

Designed by Mariano Deuonni of Hassell, the $96 million Roma Mitchell Commonwealth Law Court Building houses the Federal, Family and Federal Magistrates courts and will accommodate the High Court when it visits South Australia.

The design incorporates 22 courtrooms and 27 judges' chambers and makes use of environmental innovations such as rainwater recycling.

The building's appearance is not of conventional steel and glass but it is clad in sandstone and coloured metal panels designed to reflect the colours of the Adelaide hills and plains.

A highlight of the building is an oval conical tower known as the Opal, for its shape and its colour. Externally it is clad in green partinated copper sheeting. The Opal contains 7 of the buildings 22 courtrooms including a dedicated indigenous court room.

The building makes much use of natural light in the atriums and courtrooms, and at the building's official opening in February 2006 Chief Justice Michael Black alluded to the symbolic nature of the light and its metaphorical translation to the transparency and visibility of justice which will be dispensed in the building.

Related names :

Commonwealth Law Courts (Adelaide, SA.)

Coverage year : 2006
Period : 2001-
Region : Adelaide city
Further reading :
Ward, Peter, (2006) A matter of judgment, in Place, Vol 1 number 7, April 2006, pp16-22
Federal Court Building in The Advertiser [newspaper : microform] 17 Oct 2005 page 11
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