The U.S. Courthouse in Los Angeles that’s currently under construction recently earned a Green GOOD DESIGN Award for Sustainable Architecture from the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies in cooperation with the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design. This award recognizes works that embody and inspire progress toward a healthy and sustainable future.
GSA is committed to greening the federal government. As a part of this effort, GSA is working to make the courthouse a high performance green building by incorporating a number of sustainable principles into the project design. The selection of the courthouse for this year’s Green GOOD Design Award is a great honor for both GSA and project architect, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM).
About the Courthouse Design
SOM’s award-winning design will provide a strong civic presence for the building while embracing sustainable principles that respond uniquely to its location. The plan optimizes program operations and day-lighting of all major spaces including courtrooms, jury deliberation rooms, judicial chambers, and work areas.
Striving to achieve GSA Design Excellence and create a high performance green building, the design-build team is deploying a number of sustainable strategies. The courthouse’s serrated façade is designed to achieve a north to south orientation that will maximize daylight harvesting and views, while reducing solar heat gain by 47 percent. Additionally, the high efficiency building systems, water efficient fixtures, and advanced irrigation systems will help the building meet strict energy and water conservation goals.
About the Award
Now in its 64th year, GOOD DESIGN is one of the oldest and the most prestigious design awards in the western world. Founded in Chicago in 1950 by then MoMA curator Edgar Kaufmann, Jr. and modern design luminaries Charles and Ray Eames, Russel Wright, George Nelson, and Eero Saarinen to promote public understanding and appreciation for modern design, GOOD DESIGN continues to honor the achievements of outstanding architects and designers.
Beginning in 2009, Green GOOD DESIGN was established to identify and celebrate the world’s most important examples of specifically sustainable design. The Green GOOD DESIGN jury, composed of worldwide leaders in the design profession, selected winners in the categories of architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, product, packaging, and graphic design. Winning projects will be showcased in an exhibition at The European Centre’s Museum in Athens, Greece from September through November 2014, and also in an upcoming traveling exhibition.