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Commonwealth Law Courts

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Text from Walking Melbourne

The National Trust guide to the historic and architectural landmarks of central Melbourne

Commonwealth Law Courts

289-307 William Street, corner La Trobe Street


This massive building is suitably grand to fit its purpose, but it is also a contemporary design, intended to show that the law is very much a part of contemporary life. The slick modern facades are enlivened by restrained, yet playful and often colourful details, and the interior includes open spaces and large windows in order to express the transparency of the legal process. Designed principally by Paul Katssieris for the firm of Hassell and completed in 2001, the L shape was dictated by the existing entry to the underground station on the corner, allowing the creation of a plaza, and a design that embraces the gardens opposite.


Two recent shots of my own below.

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