Supreme Court House.

36 - 42 Ballance Street
Wellington, Wellington
The original neo-classical building dates from 1879-80. Its designer was the Government Architect, Pierre Finch Matineau Burrows.

In 2010 an addition was opened. Designed by of Warren and Mahoney to complement the existing building, it is a box like building with a bronze perimeter screen depicting native pohutukawa and rata trees. The screen encompasses a new court room for the Supreme Court in the shape of a Kauri cone. The splendid interior is lined with over 2000 diamond-shaped panels of South Island silver beech.

The Court is open to the public between the hours of 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. Both the original restored main court room and the new Kauri cone are worth a visit.

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  • Former Supreme Court
    Former Supreme Court
  • Kauri Cone Panels
    Kauri Cone Panels
  • New Building from the NW
    New Building from the NW
  • Interior new court room
    Interior new court room
  • New court room ceiling
    New court room ceiling
  • The Beech panels
    The Beech panels
  • A view of the bronze screen.
    A view of the bronze screen.
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