Rafael Vinoly Architects Designs Major Court House Complex at 595 Newark Avenue in Jersey City

Rendering of the Frank J. Guarini Justice Complex - Hudson County Improvement AuthorityRendering of the Frank J. Guarini Justice Complex - Hudson County Improvement Authority

The Hudson County Improvement Authority has revealed new renderings of a sprawling courthouse complex designed by award-winning architect Rafael Viñoly. Set to debut in Jersey City by 2023, the Frank J. Guarini Justice Complex will replace the existing Hudson County Administration Building at 595 Newark Avenue with a mix of judicial spaces and public grounds.

When complete, the main building will comprise 24 courtrooms, office and administration spaces, jury rooms, and areas for the city’s Sheriff’s Department. Public spaces include a food court, a library, training spaces, a 459-vehicle garage, and a three-acre public park.

Rendering of the Frank J. Guarini Justice Complex - Hudson County Improvement Authority

Rendering of the Frank J. Guarini Justice Complex – Hudson County Improvement Authority

Rendering of the Frank J. Guarini Justice Complex - Hudson County Improvement Authority

Rendering of the Frank J. Guarini Justice Complex – Hudson County Improvement Authority

The renderings show a long Structural Expressionist building that is bisected by an open atrium at the lower levels. The design is dominated by large concrete pillars supporting a multi-story massing clad in glass with metal cross bracing.

As reported by Jersey Digs, the scope of development also includes the realignment of several streets and intersections to accommodate the judicial complex and the new public park.

City officials say construction is currently on target to finish by 2023 with total costs hovering around $345 million. At that price, the development ranks as one of the largest-ever publicly funded projects in New Jersey.

Rendering of the Frank J. Guarini Justice Complex - Hudson County Improvement Authority

Rendering of the Frank J. Guarini Justice Complex – Hudson County Improvement Authority

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9 Comments on "Rafael Vinoly Architects Designs Major Court House Complex at 595 Newark Avenue in Jersey City"

  1. At first glance I thought this was a renovation of Woodhull Hospital, but then I read the caption and my hopes were dashed.

  2. A doctor at Woodhull Hospital told me that in mid-construction, it was decided that the neighborhood needed a hospital more than the prison that was underway.

  3. David in Bushwick | March 3, 2020 at 10:21 am | Reply

    Looks like Woodhull Medical Center in Brooklyn.
    Who chooses the architect for publicly funded projects? Who decides to approve the design provided? Are these bureaucrats qualified to make these decisions? Why is there never a design competition? So many questions…

  4. This looks like a UFO landed or an air craft carrier beached on Jersey City. The irony is that the sponsoring agency has the word “improvement” in its name. The only way that this hideous thing could be an improvement is if it were replacing a nuclear waste dump.

  5. Magnificent!

  6. Eddie.Winfred | May 5, 2020 at 7:32 am | Reply

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