Architecture Canada n°14 1er semestre 2013
Architecture Canada n°14 1er semestre 2013
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  • Parution : n°14 de 1er semestre 2013

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  • Editeur : Naylor Canada

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  • Nombre de pages : 32

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Blending heritage with sustainability Unique courthouse with Aboriginal-inspired spaces to open next year in Thunder Bay By Christopher Guly Architect : Adamson Associates Architects Renderings : NormLi Architectural Graphics + Illustrations Environmental sustainability meets native heritage at a first-of-its-kind courthouse scheduled to open in downtown Thunder Bay next September. Being built to achieveLeadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certifi cation on Fort William First Nation ancestral land, the 23,318-square-metre, $247.7-million Thunder Bay Consolidated Courthouse brings together the Ontario Court of Justice and the Superior Court of Justice in a unique setting that both refl ects and accommodates Aboriginal culture in northwest Ontario. Currently in the construction phase, the six-storey courthouse will include four conference-settlement rooms, including Ontario’s first one designed to refl ect the restorative justice and healing tradition of the Aboriginal culture. The inclusion of the Aboriginal Conference-Settlement Room (suite) within the courthouse will contribute to the strong participation of the aboriginal people in the justice process. Universal accessibility is accentuated through the 15 barrier-free courtrooms and barrier-free witness stands and jury boxes, along with infrared hearing assistance and Braille signage. In addition, most courtrooms are provided with simultaneous interpretation including one permanently built into a jury courtroom. « The building is connected to its exterior environment, whether it’s by placing large windows adjacent to the outdoor garden or by situating the interior space in such a way that it tracks solar movement throughout the day and maximizes daylight, particularly in the round-shaped, Aboriginal conference-settlement room that has full clerestory windows, » explains Wei Chiao, MRAIC, who serves as the lead architect for the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General on the project. Claudina Sula, MRAIC, a partner with Adamson Associates Architects in Toronto and the project lead architect, says that all interior 12 ■ ARCHITECTURE CANADA
Blending heritage with sustainability Aboriginal input has been beneficial to the project since the Ontario government conducted a planning study in 2007 to determine the justice needs in Thunder Bay and the surrounding area... spaces, especially those in the offi ce administrative area, are organized to support wayfinding with minimal signage and to take advantage of daylight and views to the surrounding landscape. To highlight the signifi cance of the circle as a symbol in Aboriginal culture, the Aboriginal Conference-Settlement Room is round, designed in alignment with the cardinal points with the main entrance facing east. The spaces around this suite are interconnected and tied to a large courthouse public-access area. This will permit off-hour use for multiple functions, such as ceremonies—another first for an Ontario courthouse. « This was done to instil the idea that the courthouse need not be an adversarial, traumatic and punitive place, but one that may give people perhaps some positive experiences, » says Chiao. « The design of the Aboriginal Conference-Settlement room is also about extending respect, common to every culture, in a secular space that someone like me of Chinese heritage would feel very comfortable being in. » The project is « extremely complex, » involving 16 construction and consultant partners, led by Plenary Justice Thunder Bay LP as part of a 30-year, design-build-fi nance-maintain agreement with the province, while balancing the requirements of the Ministry of the Attorney General. « Courthouses are unique because they are not only complicated to design and build, but they also have the challenge of being distinctive public-infrastructure projects that have an important presence in the communities in which they lie, » says Sula. Aboriginal input has been benefi cial to the project since the Ontario government conducted a planning study in 2007 to determine the justice needs in Thunder Bay and the surrounding area, and Chiao visited various native communities a year later to meet with elders and leaders and continued on page 16 ARCHITECTURE CANADA ■ 13

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