Creating a Legacy for Public Architecture
Seeking to create and preserve a legacy of outstanding public buildings, the General Services Administration set forth key design efforts around the country which included the Lloyd D. George Courthouse in Las Vegas. The courthouse, a testament to justice, establishes a powerful design precedent for large-scale public buildings.
The courthouse’s “L” configuration opens up the building to embrace downtown Las Vegas while abundant glazing creates openness and accessibility to the building and also enables visual contact between the inside and outside of the building. A clearly articulated organization is intended to encourage interaction and exploration of the courthouse and its surroundings.
The courthouse creates a symbolic corner within downtown Las Vegas. Its giant articulated column is a powerful token that will no doubt become a signature in a city of signs and symbols. In addition to symbolizing a federal presence, the building responds to its urban surroundings, establishing a design precedent for large-scale public buildings.
– General Services Administration – Honor Award for Architecture