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Visible from the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan, the new U.S. Courthouse redefines the Brooklyn skyline and provides a new landmark for the downtown civic center. Located on Camden Plaza, near the borough’s historic main post office and adjoined to the original courthouse, the new building is sympathetic to both historic structures while being contemporary in design.
A combination of limestone, metal, and glass were used for the three elements of the complex. The entry hall is a curved structure of glass and steel, while the two adjacent buildings are primarily limestone. The stone is similar in color to other prominent public building in downtown Brooklyn, while its reflective quality makes the building appear light. These materials form elegant facades that, along with the distinctive curved massing of the upper tower, acknowledge the prominence of the Courthouse.
A tour of the Theodore Roosevelt United State Courthouse will be led by Mariko Masuoka, AIA, LEED AP, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects.