United States Courthouse by Thomas Phifer and Partners

Situated in Salt Lake City, New York-based architecture firm Thomas Phifer and Partners has designed this courthouse that not only provides a functional structure but also attends to nature, specifically the site’s changing seasons and sun conditions.

Architects: Thomas Phifer and Partners
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Photographs: Courtesy of Thomas Phifer and Partners

The glass atrium that connects the original building to the new annex adds new public space to the facility that is flooded with natural light and is full of activity and exchange. The atrium provides the actual and spiritual center of the courthouse complex, physically connecting people for functional reasons as well as attracting the public.