Thomas Phifer designed the modern glass atrium US Courthouse design in Salt Lake City, Utah, the courthouse design not only provides a functional structure, but also draws upon Phifer’s attention to nature, specifically the site’s changing seasons and sun conditions.
The courthouse respects the monumental presence of the justice system but that monumentality is balanced by the structure’s acknowledgement of its surroundings.
The glass atrium that connects the original building to the new annex adds a new public space to the facility that is flooded with natural light and is full of activity and exchange. The atrium provides the actual and spiritual center of the courthouse complex, physically connecting people for functional reasons as well as attracting the public. (Thomas Phifer – source)