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Judges are moving into LA’s shiny new federal courthouse

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It looks like a "floating cube"

Real estate news website The Real Deal reports this week that U.S. District Court judges have started moving into their shiny new digs on 1st and Broadway in Downtown.

The $340-million Civic Center building was erected at the site of the old Junipero Serra State Office Building, which was bulldozed in 2007 due to extensive earthquake damage. Architects Skidmore, Owings and Merrill designed the new 10-story courthouse to look like a floating cube (it's set atop a stone podium) with a pleated facade made of tempered glass. Its construction included 4,300 tons of steel.

When the design was revealed three years ago, Peter Zellner, faculty member at Southern California Institute of Architecture, told the Los Angeles Times it was "reminiscent of Mid-Century architectural styles of other Los Angeles government centers, particularly the Wilshire Federal Building." According to the Times:

Zellner also suggested the architects consider the courthouse plaza as part of a chain of public spaces spilling down from the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Take a look: