Guatemaya Center for Justice & Liberty

Project Description

Designed using a native, Mesoamerican architectural vocabulary, this federal judiciary complex anchors the southern end and cardinal axis of a proposed master plan for Guatemaya, a new federal capital in Guatemala City. The buildings are sited to complement rather than compete with the Presidential Palace located on axis to the North; as a result, the site is bifurcated, with one building housing the Constitutional Court and the other housing the Supreme Court. This splitting permits each building to respond to the local conditions that surround it. Each court has on its flank a public space of its own special character, while a central, elevated plaza offers panoramic views of the national mall and Guatemala City to the South. A third building houses circuit courts and a law library to complete the complex to the North.