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MONTEZUMA COUNTY  COMBINED COURTS
       
     
PARTI
       
     
Northeast Elevation
       
     
Southeast Elevation
       
     
KIVA
       
     
 Slot windows within the kiva element are placed to frame views of the significant mountain peaks from the center point of the Kiva. 
       
     
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 Clerestory windows allow daylight to penetrate the public hall and adjacent courtrooms
       
     
 Symmetrically configured courtrooms speak to the importance of justice and order
       
     
 Rusted metal, stucco and steel reinforce the utilitarian, agrarian aesthetic prevalent in the surrounding rural context. This project was completed in association with Humphries Poli Architects.
       
     
Montezuma Leader.png
       
     
MONTEZUMA COUNTY  COMBINED COURTS
       
     
MONTEZUMA COUNTY COMBINED COURTS

Cortez, CO | 42,500 SF facility that contains four courtrooms, a probation department, and a Clerk of the Courts division.

PARTI
       
     
PARTI

The overall wedge-like form of the main building is symbolic of the overhanging crevice in the Mesa Verde mountainside while also referencing the simple shed like structures found within this agricultural community of 25,500 people.

Northeast Elevation
       
     
Northeast Elevation

Simple geometric forms and volumes derived from the surrounding agrarian context and Mesa Verde cliffs

Southeast Elevation
       
     
Southeast Elevation
KIVA
       
     
KIVA

The design concept takes its clues from Mesa Verde and the surrounding agrarian context. A Kiva element near the main public entry defines the entry plaza and functions as a public community room when not in use as a jury assembly room.

 Slot windows within the kiva element are placed to frame views of the significant mountain peaks from the center point of the Kiva. 
       
     

Slot windows within the kiva element are placed to frame views of the significant mountain peaks from the center point of the Kiva. 

Untitled-1.png
       
     
 Clerestory windows allow daylight to penetrate the public hall and adjacent courtrooms
       
     

Clerestory windows allow daylight to penetrate the public hall and adjacent courtrooms

 Symmetrically configured courtrooms speak to the importance of justice and order
       
     

Symmetrically configured courtrooms speak to the importance of justice and order

 Rusted metal, stucco and steel reinforce the utilitarian, agrarian aesthetic prevalent in the surrounding rural context. This project was completed in association with Humphries Poli Architects.
       
     

Rusted metal, stucco and steel reinforce the utilitarian, agrarian aesthetic prevalent in the surrounding rural context. This project was completed in association with Humphries Poli Architects.