Auki Provincial Courthouse – Solomon Islands
Auki Provincial Courthouse was developed following the commencement of construction of the nearby Provincial Prison designed by JCP. The facility would support the Law & Order Infrastructure program and enable the trials of accused persons, particularly those from the island of Malaita the ability for the judicial process to reflect the distinct cultural identities of the people of the Solomon. JCP were appointed to develop a design that would capture the architectural style and construction techniques associated with the region utilizing local materials in particular stone and hardwood whilst capturing the aesthetic of the Solomon through the roof form. The building provides offices, holding cells and the main courthouse – split over 2 levels a ramp provides covered access allowing for disabled access, necessary as the brief required the project to meet Australian Standards and the BCA. The original design intent incorporated a large overhang to the main entry facade with large sunshade blades to the louvered glazing. This was value managed out of the project during construction however allowance exists for sun shading to be retrofitted at a later stage. This process was typical of working in the region due to the limited skills of local contractors in understanding the complex contractual expectations. The experience gained working in the region enabled designs to evolve and accommodate change during the construction phase generally without compromising the architectural intent and building function.