Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Dear Hardy Collaboration Architecture

It is my understanding that you are responsible for the design of the new Federal Courthouse in Jackson.  That being said...




Am I missing something?  Is there some symbolic meaning in this asymmetric, God-awful, eye-stinging building you have created in the heart of our city?

I honestly hope so.

(For those of you unfamiliar with this monstrosity, here's a link to the project's page: http://www.h3hc.com/#/1670.  I'll take photos soon and upload them.

11 comments:

chmeredith said...

I think it's going to look pretty good.

http://www.synapse9.com/img/JacksonRendering-phsm.jpg
http://www.synapse9.com/img/JacksonNov14.06sm.jpg

I can tell you for sure that I'd be proud to show up there for work every day.

chmeredith said...

Hmm, clickable links?

Photo 1
Photo 2

Dave Carner said...

I'm with Ike on this one. It looks like one big air conditioning duct. Bleh.

kmo said...

Ike speaketh the truth. Said building actually looks like a couple of window units.

Wedded Bliss said...

Beauty may only be skin deep; ugly goes straight to the bone.

QB said...

Seriously, stick with the classics when it comes to buildings meant to last more than 10 years.

Will said...

Have they made any arrangements for parking?

Matt Eichelberger said...

Will,

Not to my knowledge. I believe there's some parking below the building, but I don't think that's for the public. Parking Downtown will be madness when juries are being qualified in both courthouses at the same time.

Will said...

Matt: It is a bad situation. I don't think there is enough parking for the employees without juror 1 setting foot inside the courthouse. I generally think people need to suck it up and walk a little further when parking downtown, but that may not be possible for certain jurors. I also don't think the City of Jackson really wants another parking garage downtown, especially one owned by the government.

Jim Craig said...

I don't have any architectual sense, so I don't have an opinion about it. My recollection is that District Judge William Barbour was heavily involved in the design specifications and drawings, and showed them to attorneys coming through for hearings and whatnot, so I assume they received a fair amount of feedback on the design.

Matt Eichelberger said...

Jim, I'm not sure any attorney appearing before a judge for a hearing would tell the judge bad things about the design said judge helped create.