San Francisco Civic Center Courthouse
John M.Y. Lee
Hood Miller Associates
This project consists of the design of a new structure to house 44 courtrooms and various administrative functions on an important San Francisco Civic Center site across from City Hall. Mark Cavagnero Associates, in collaboration with John M.Y. Lee, is the building architect, responsible for the design of the exterior enclosure of the building. This project was undertaken as a Joint Venture with Ross/Drulis Architects as Interior Architects and Hood Miller Associates as Coordination Architect.
The South and East sides of the Courthouse face the historic Beaux Arts Civic Center. Their design, executed in granite, reflects traditional building materials and detailing in a more modern and open form. The large three story windows reflect the interior public program immediately behind them.
The North and West sides of the Courthouse look toward the rest of the City. Their design reflects a more contemporary vision of the generation of citizens that built it.
This project included extensive coordination and review with the San Francisco Arts Commission, Landmarks Commission, Civic Design Review, Judges Committee, CAO Office, Planning Department, Department of Public Works, Chamber of Commerce and various neighborhood groups.
Stoneworld, October 1998