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Supreme Court for Government of Vanuatu, Vanuatu

Tuesday 23 Mar 2010

Supreme win for WMCQIA

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15/06/10 Downing, Phnom Penh
I have just been having a look at the concept. I was a judge in Vanuatu some years ago. I would just make a few observations. Cooling may be an issue with so much glass. Airconditioning costs a great deal and the court has only a very limited budget for power.
The amount of glass may also not do well in earth quakes and cyclones. Shutters are generally required due to the force of things hitting a building at great speed. This building would be very exposed to cyclonic damage from objects, although the wind force that the glass could withstand, I am sure, has been provided for.
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WMCQIA secure tender to design new Supreme Court for Government of Vanuatu 

Melbourne based WMCQIA (Whitefield McQueen Irwin Alsop) has beaten 5 other firms across Australia and New Zealand to win the tender to design the new multiple courtroom Supreme Court for the Government of Vanuatu.

Designed by Tim Whitefield, David Moody and Professor Graham Brawn of Melbourne University this VT2.715B (A$32M) building will replace the old Supreme Court on the same site that was destroyed by fire a few years ago. Located in the hills above Port Vila, this scheme hopes to incorporate the country’s first significant sustainable building.

Designed to respond to the Melanesian Culture the building is transparent, with a seamless connection between internal and external environments, each courtroom having connection to a balcony or garden. The design responds to the Evolving Role and Form of Justice in Vanuatu’s Democracy.

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Whitefield McQueen Irwin Alsop

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