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San Diego Central Courthouse

The San Diego Central Courthouse will consolidate San Diego County’s criminal trial, family, and civil courts into a 22-story tower in the city’s downtown and become a catalyst for an emerging government district. In the spirit of civic buildings with a strong but accommodating presence, SOM's design seeks to update 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, will rise from a former brownfield at the intersection of Union and C Streets. The full-block footprint of the courthouse supports the transformation of an adjacent lot into a new public park. Together, the courthouse and park will establish a pedestrian landscape of generous sidewalks, planter boxes, and trees.

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