New $190M Fort Lauderdale Courthouse Is Being Designed By Skidmore, Owings And Merrill

In Fort Lauderdale, plans have been revealed for a new courthouse designed by one of the world’s top architecture firms, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, according to the Herald.

The 10-story project is expected to cost $190M.

It will have 252,000 square feet of space, including 12 courtrooms.

The exterior will have fluted panels of glass and metal, inspired by tropical modern design.

Interiors will feature terrazzo flooring, and coral stone and oak wood finishes.

In addition to the courthouse, there will also be a new park and pedestrian promenade, with existing mangroves on the Tarpon River behind the property to be preserved. The total project site is 3.5 acres.

Construction is expected to begin in 2023.

Preservationists are said to be trying to save the existing U.S. Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, which was built in 1979 in Brutalist style.

 

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Anonymous
7 months ago

Just like my ex – no curves

Anonymous
7 months ago

Y’all crazy this looks like trash

Anonymous
7 months ago

I guess it looks amazing for Fort. LauderdalešŸ¤£

Anonymous
7 months ago

Sad to say, but a lot of Fort Laurderdale’s towers p**s on any Related and Melo Miami crap.

Anonymous
7 months ago

What’s is supposed to look like? It’s a courthouse!

Anonymous
7 months ago

Arquitectonica, your twin is here.

Anonymouse
7 months ago

Uglier than ugly, looks like sixties nightmare revisited ,another South Florida special.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Why can’t any architect get a South Florida courthouse right. This looks like a funeral home. Lol. I don’t know which is worse. This, or the planned Holiday Inn design for Miami.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Meanwhile, look at Jacksonville… or even the Federal building in Fort Pierce for Christ’s sake.

Anonymous
7 months ago

The broward county courthouse built a few years ago is decent. This one is just terrible.

Anonymous
7 months ago

This new one proposed reminds me of a building you see off US1 in South Miami, on the east side, near where UM is. (1320 S. dixie). This new one has a bit more style to it, but yeah a little bit boring in the presentation.

I miss some of the 60s modernism we’re slowly losing in South Florida. The white concrete roofs, the concrete porthole coverings in front of windows (like the one removed from the 2nd story facade at the mattress land at Federal and Oakland Park Blvd, or the front walkways at the Coral Ridge Yacht Club) so its cool to see it being re imagined. Its such a breezy, clean look that fits the area so much better than the endless white box homes and “Mediterranean” mcmansions do.

But still, this is underwhelming.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Lmao wtf is this!

Anonymous
7 months ago

Why courthouses have to be ugly?!

Anonymous
7 months ago

Looks like a giant storage shed.

Anonymous
7 months ago

FPL smoke stack?

Anonymous
7 months ago

Uh, wtf?!

Robin Stan
7 months ago

While it’s a pretty good looking building, it looks suspiciously similar to the LA Federal Courthouse also designed by SOM.

Ripping off their own buildings.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Yes, you’re correct it appears to be its twin. Hopefully the taxpayer are getting discount to the design fees!

Anonymous
7 months ago

HAHAHAHA

Anonymous
7 months ago

Brutalism

Anonymous
7 months ago

PLEAAAAAASEEEEE.

Anonymous
7 months ago

I have recently been seeing discussions about metro areas. In some corners, the Miami metro
area has expanded north to Port St. Lucie as a statistical area. Seems a bit of a stretch since
PSL is over a hundred miles away from Miami. I guess makes some since. There is basically just continuous city from Miami to PSL, albeit rather narrow. Maybe 20-30 miles east to west.

Anonymous
7 months ago

My biggest objection to this is its location. The current location is highly accessible by public transit with the bus hub and Brightline stations within walking distance. The new location shown in this article is in the surrounded by single family homes. If WAVE would have been built as approved then it would have connected this site, but as it is today that site is primarily accessible by car.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Well it is closer to the county courts and most those single-family homes were converted into law offices. Still, it would have been better on a parking lot a couple blocks north. Hopefully as much thought was put into the transition from mid-rise to low-rise as the river mangroves.

Anonymous
7 months ago

There are lots of home-converted law offices in the area. That’s true. But this is a public facility and the top priority should be access to the general public. The lawyers aren’t going to walk 5 blocks anyway. They’ll just drive the half mile.

Anonymous
7 months ago

As someone who used to walk downtown to get to the courthouse from my office, I can tell you it was both a pleasant and nightmarish walk.

You show up in a wool suit, sweating through your shirt, your jacket crumpled, and hope no one notices your forehead is covered in sweat. I loved going for those walks, and it beat trying to struggle for quick and cheap parking, but fucking hated them too.

Anonymous
7 months ago

So you would decide to wear in a wool suit in South Florida?

Anonymous
7 months ago

What’s a tropic modern design? It looks like something that could be in Houston.

Anonymous
7 months ago

“Preservationists are said to be trying to save the existing U.S. Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, which was built in 1979 in Brutalist style.”

Like so-called preservationist in Miami trying to save a stadium abandoned longer than it was used, preservationists in Fort Lauderdale should instead also use their resources to save beautiful old 1920s homes being destroyed for concrete boxes instead of a crappy Brutalist eyesore. Where were they when the Sweet Building, the city’s only prewar high-rise, was destroyed for an ugly clusterf**ck residential building? The only decent Brutalist building is the library by Marcel Breuer.

Anonymous
7 months ago

I like the fed courthouse, its just that all the security measures they installed kind of killed it. they shut off the fountains, blocked off all the ingress/egress, and now its more of a retro sci-fi bomb bunker than a monument to form, shape, and modernism.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Is that picture taken from a 1950’s architecture magazine?

Azarius
7 months ago

Nice to see more projects being done by the world top architecture firms. We need more in Downtown Miami!

Anonymous
7 months ago

This shit is ugly!

Anonymous
7 months ago

Except the new Miami-Dade County Courthouse was designed by HOK, another world top architecture firm, but it still looks terrible.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Are you serious. First grade class could do better. What a mess

Anonymous
7 months ago

Wow… I was a loyal SOM’er for many many years, many moons ago. This design would never have been proposed by any SOM office at that time… This must be a very low budget project headed and by a partner/designer of lesser importance. What a shame for both Fort Lauderdale and SOM…

Anonymous
7 months ago

SOM must of fired all their actual architects for hipsters fresh out of college who insist on working from home and think they know all about modernism from watching Mad Men.

Anonymous
7 months ago

these comments are hilarious! a bunch of “render-whores” we have here, who only seem to value that quick 60 second flash of a glitzy rendering. This is SOM. One of the best architecture firms in the world. they’re portfolio has more iconic projects than every firm in Miami combined. You can rest assured the real work is in the details and execution and not in some disposable flashy rendering made for marketing to low brow trendy real estate agents and rich people with zero taste. This project looks exquisite. can’t wait to see the real world results where all that talent comes to fruition, not on the front end selling pictures that never live up to their initial hype.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Really hope they find a use for the old one. It’s an architectural gem!

Anonymous
7 months ago

Hopefully it could house a museum

Anonymous
7 months ago

LOL no, tear it down as well as the hideous city hall, so it can be moved here and the current city hall site replaced with Brightline TOD.

Anonymous
7 months ago

booo nooo broward news boo

Anonymous
7 months ago

Nine trillion dollars more in debt, and this is “Build Back Better.” LOL.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Well, we just blasted a $10 billion dollar telescope into space, plus we’re now paying for a “Space Force” even though we already have an Air Force, so….

Anonymous
7 months ago

I think it looks good! We need more Skidmore, Owings and Merril in South FL.

Anonymous
7 months ago

The Hall of Justice, from Marvel

Anonymous
7 months ago

FEO

Michael
7 months ago

Very boring. No character. No style.

Anonymous G
7 months ago

Good! Looking forward to this new courthouse for Fort Lauderdale. The current right as of now is ugly and appears to be in bad shape. Looking forward to seeing the current one being torn down and replaced by something nice.

Anonymous
7 months ago

A nice box. Not sure it pushes Skidmoreā€™s skills that much, but, maybe, the client wanted something simple.

Elnalgitas
7 months ago

Wow, looks stunning!šŸ˜

Anonymous
7 months ago

Yeah, I’m stunned!

Not Anonymous
7 months ago

Skidmore, Owings and Merrill are a great firm. Nice design. (definitely better than it’s predecesor)

Anonymous
7 months ago

Who cares

Anonymous
7 months ago

Great looking tower.
Actually, better looking than our own.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Nahhh.. I’ll take the new courthouse in downtown Miami any day over what looks like a Mars compound living building in Fort Lauderdale.