QUEEN ELIZABETH II COURTS OF LAW - LANDSCAPE
Bound by George, Roma and Herschel Streets, the Brisbane Supreme and District Courts legal precinct also includes the existing Magistrates Court and completes an entire city block with a new public Square off the main entrance.
The varied landscapes include a large open space lawn, internal and external gardens and courtyards, and a ‘deep soil’ area for a grove of culturally iconic Poinciana trees. These Poinciana trees with their umbrella-like form and red flowers, shade a decomposed granite-paved space that features custom-designed precast concrete seats. Waterproofing, drainage and soil composition in these areas required careful technical resolution to maximise root growth and permeable drainage.
The Secure Courtyard and Jury Breakout Courtyard are required functional elements essential to the operation of the building. On upper levels of the court ‘sky gardens’ of floating hardwood decks, stainless steel planter boxes and vine-laden stainless steel cable trellises provide breakout space for workers. The trellises extend up to nine storeys high have been designed as ‘living art’ casting a swathe of greenery through the building. Glazed skylights set in the footpath allow natural light into the basement, which also allows planted trellises to thrive below ground.