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Moorabbin Justice Centre

Client Department of Justice & Regulation, Victoria
Status Completed 2007
Country Bunurong
Location Highett, Victoria
Moorabbin Law Court at dusk
Fin shades on Moorabbin Law Courts facade corner
Glazed facade spills natural light onto Moorabbi Law Courts foyer and waiting zones
Moorabbin Law Court lantern effect at night
View of Moorabbin Law Courts ground floor foyer from second level
Interior view of Moorabbin Law Court courtroom
Corner view of Moorabbin Law Court entry with landscaping
Foyer entry at Moorabbin Law Courts
Exterior view of Moorabbin Law Court with stepped entry and shaded facade
Moorabbin Law Court forecourt with new plantings
Status Completed 2007
Client Department of Justice & Regulation, Victoria
Country Bunurong
Location Highett, Victoria
Budget $ 28.2 million
Awards South Eastern Development Award for Most Outstanding Sustainable Building

The Moorabbin Justice Centre is a multi-purpose facility which includes the Magistrates’ Court, Children’s Court, multipurpose courtrooms for Koori Court and VCAT hearings, community correctional services, sheriff’s office, police prosecutions and custody centre. 

The design defuses the traditional formality and stress associated with the delivery of justice through the layering of space – from forecourt to entry, enclosed courtrooms and transparent public spaces giving tangible and transparent access to justice, sending a message that justice is available to all. The subtle use of materials, colour and light contribute to a relaxed internal environment for what can be a stressful experience for many, including staff.

The building design adopts and extends a sustainable approach initiated by the clients’ environmental management systems with the result being the Justice Department’s most environmentally sustainable building on its completion. Many alternative environmental systems for a high performance building were adopted, delivering public spaces that operate without conventional air-conditioning.

Photography: Mark Munro Photography