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New Shepparton Court building tackles stress through design

Courts are traditionally intimidating places. Grand buildings from the 19th century, such as Melbourne’s Supreme Court, exude authority, power and control. Today, rather than intimidate, courts the world over are increasingly designed to alleviate stress.


Designing Shepparton’s new five-storey, multi-judiciary courthouse and the recent Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law in Brisbane, Architectus Director, Mark Wilde said:

“Previous generations of courts were fortresses with heavy walls and small punched openings.”




The Shepparton Law Courts

Mark continues:

“A greater focus has come on the users of the building … to help them get through the day. In the last 10 years the modern court building has taken another direction, one that’s more sensitive and supportive of all the occupants in the building.”

Shepparton Law Courts is the first regional court development in Victoria for more than a decade. It’s part of a 15-year plan to cope with a rapidly growing population, and its out-of-date infrastructure.

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