Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law

The Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law by Architectus and Guymer Bailey Architects successfully creates a legal precinct unique in Australia. The design reimagines the western end of Brisbane’s George Street, completing one of nation’s most important Colonial civic axes with a major new public square for the city.

The project makes a radical departure from traditional court design, providing open, accessible and transparent spaces designed to express values at the heart of our democratic way of life including fairness and openness. By co-locating the Supreme Court and District Court the complex heralds a new era of justice with greatly enhanced facilities for victims of crime, witnesses, jurors, lawyers, judges and members of the public.

The design makes full use of natural light in all the courts, public waiting spaces and offices through an innovative double skin glass façade that achieves environmental shading and light control. The result is a strongly contemporary design comprising generously scaled and simply detailed internal spaces of quiet dignity and presence. This is a landmark building resolved with boldness and clarity that will create an enduring legacy befitting the city, its institutions and the State of Queensland.


Project Type


Queensland, Australia

Related links


  • Architectus
  • Guymer Bailey Architects
  • John Hockings
  • John Grealy
  • Henry Hancock
  • Ashley Beckett, Juan Benavides, Kelly Burke, Mark Burrowes, Stacey Carroll, Nadia Casati, Kalene Cassie, Stephen Chandler, Sam Charles-Ginn, Lindsay Clare, Patrick Clifford, Craig Earley, Kirstie Galloway, Katia Gard, Adrian Hanby, Juliana Hannah, Glen Hartman, Matthew Herzig, Brett Hinze, Mark Hogan, Andrew Jones, Georgia Kirkwood, Quelia Kleemann, Klara Kormendy, Min Kyu Lim, Stephen Long, Ashneel Maharaj, Cherissa McCaughey, Bill Mcllwraith, Fedor Medek, Anya Meng, Simon Moisey, Melinda Morrison, Angus Munro, Jessica O’Shea, Robert Ousey, Rohan Patil, Kurt Piccardi, Michael Ray, Kirk Smith, Ray Smith, Richard Stone, Erik Sziraki, Janina Thieme, Anna van Hecs, Keith Ward, Mark Wilde, Erin Wheatley
  • Ralph Bailey, Phil Jackson, Nick Josephsen, Anthony McKibben, Angela Morton, Christina Renger, David Toussaint, Joel Sim
  • Lend Lease
  • Courtesy of Architectus