The San Diego Central Courthouse consolidates San Diego County’s criminal trial, family, and civil courts into a 22-story tower in the city’s downtown. In the spirit of civic buildings with a strong but accommodating presence, SOM's design updates this formal repertoire with a language of robust, subtractive massing that encloses a safe and welcoming interior.
The limestone-faced, precast concrete tower and podium, along with a new public plaza, rises from a former brownfield at the intersection of Union and C Streets, and is designed to serve as a catalyst for an emerging government district. The full-block footprint of the courthouse supports the transformation of an adjacent lot into a new public park. Together, the courthouse and park establish a pedestrian landscape with generous sidewalks, planter boxes, and trees.
This project was completed in spring 2017.
American Architecture Award of 2012, Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design.
Square footage: 704,000
Current authorized total project budget: $555,499,000.
1100 Union St, San Diego, CA 92101, US.