Work has begun on the new Skidmore Ownings & Merril’s (SOM) federal courthouse in downtown Los Angeles.
The $319 million building scheduled for completion by the summer of 2016 is set to replace the existing 1930s courthouse.
Designed as a cube-shaped volume, the building will appear to hover over a solid stone base. It also features a serrated façade, intended to maximise views whilst reducing solar heat gain for 24 courtrooms and 32 judicial chambers.
The courtroom will be a high performance green building featuring a cooling, heating and power system alongside roof-mounted solar panels, according to the US General Services Administration (GSA).
“Additionally, the high efficiency building systems, water- efficient fixtures and advanced irrigation systems will help the building meet its energy and water conservation goals,” the agency added.