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Supreme Court building

Supreme Court building

The Supreme Court building in Wellington, which was officially opened in 2010, was designed by architects Warren and Mahoney. It is inspired by the natural beauty of New Zealand.

The court room (top) is designed to be visible from the street. Its exterior is made from copper, and the interior features panels of silver beech. Together they form a diamond pattern reminiscent of the kauri cone.

The outside of the building (bottom) is enveloped in a bronze screen that represents the intertwining of rata and pohutukawa. Red glass inserts represent the berries and flowers of these trees.

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How to cite this page:

Philip A. Joseph and Thomas Joseph, 'Judicial system - Supreme Court and Court of Appeal', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 5 December 2020)

Story by Philip A. Joseph and Thomas Joseph, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 11 Oct 2016