15 September 2010
Parramatta Justice Precinct has a dramatic and somewhat gruesome history. Our challenge was how to present the site’s history in a subtle manner, revealing stories at different levels for those who used the site every day? The design approach needed to engage and captivate a returning audience, maintain historical and archaeological factuality, and respond to the architectural and landscape context of the site.
The 6000m² Parramatta Justice Precinct was the site of the first Colonial Hospital and the first tent Hospital dating back to 1790. The site now houses the new Family Court, Trial Court, Children’s Court and Attorney General’s Office, comprising three new multi-storey buildings, refurbishment to some existing buildings, new commercial structures and extensive civil and landscaping features.