Courthouse Grounds

Implemented through a system of graining, the design establishes a social and programmatic nexus between the disciplined rituals of the judicial system and the self-determination of urban social freedoms. The primary grain is derived from the control lines of the new Circuit and District Courthouses, facilitating an ordered and determined access to each building. In contrast, the cross grain allows a non-linear experiential organization, composed of varying surface conditions and scales of social courts. The full potential for the plaza is rooted in the interplay between the rituals of the judicial system and the urban social terrain. The dimpled, bubbled topography engages and disturbs the grain of the courthouses, fostering moments of negotiation and social discourse between the users/occupants/visitors of the courthouses and Lexington’s city dwellers.