Out of the Dark, Into the Light: Transparency in Justice Architecture

Inspired by personal memories of light streaming in through the windowless space of a large, abandoned barn, my thesis focuses on the question of how light can be used to purposefully shape and transform a space through the variable of time. How does light and shadow affect spatial experience?

Situated in a forest near the county seat, this courthouse utilizes both light and shadow to provide transparency and a sense of time to the different and distinct users (the public, the judge/administration, and the defendant). Light and shadow have the ability to calm, disorient, confuse and clarify. In both gathering and distinct seperate spaces, light, shadow and transparency are used to enhance both interaction and separation between these three users. In this situation, light equalizes the main players and opens the experience to all.

© December 2013 Alexa Asakiewicz.