The new Hampton Virginia Circuit Court includes a beautiful catwalk suspended from stainless steel structural rods. Visitors are greeted with this beautiful suspended catwalk that overlooks the lobby.
The Circuit Courthouse in Hampton, Virginia was completed in May 2016. The new building replaces a 139-year-old courthouse and brings a completely new design for user traffic flow. One of the most significant changes from the previous building is the inclusion of a space to welcome the general public through the front doors and into the lobby. The new building has a separate entrance for judges and staff through the back, and another for those being held in jail.
Visitors through the front door are greeted by a beautiful suspended catwalk overlooking the lobby. The walk, which appears like a bridge, acts as a transparent connection between two ends of the building. This suspended walkway, is structurally supported by 8 x 1-¼” diameter 316 stainless steel rod assemblies (ARS3) in 18-foot lengths. Aside from the structural purpose, the exposed rods fit perfectly into the design of the rest of the building which uses verticle and horizontal elements to define the space. The polished stainless steel material of the rods compliments the metal and glass railing components. The catwalk at the Hampton Circuit Court is a great example of how unique and lightweight design can be achieved using tensile architecture.
Pictures Courtesy of the City of Hampton Government