Commissioned through the U.S. General Services Administration Design Excellence Program, the project was awarded to the design team lead by Thom Mayne of Morphosis. Our studio worked in collaboration with Morphosis on the design of a multifaceted signage program that explores the potential for integrating visual communications into the architecture and codifying space within the building, moving beyond mere surface application of text. Wayfinding, identification, and informational layers are embedded into the architectural surfaces and details, introducing an element of delight in their play of composition, texture, form, and depth. At the same time, these juxtapositions express the transparency and fluidity of the judicial system and, through the use of symbolism, the importance of its traditions.
Various portions of the original script from the U.S. Constitution are revealed in these signs, symbolically strengthening the idea that the building fabric is infused with the foundations of American history and jurisprudence.