Forced Perspective of California Court of Appeal
California Court of Appeal
Fifth Appellate District
AC Martin Partners, Inc.
Los Angeles, California
The Glass Shop, Inc.
As a federal court, the California Court of Appeal Fifth Appellate District
(Fifth District Court of Appeal) covers nine counties throughout central
California and is often used as a site for the surrounding community to
rally. Located in a part of Fresno that is being rejuvenated by the city,
the Fifth District Court of Appeal building not only contributes to the
American way of life, but to the revitalization of a community, bringing
both sustainability and a sense of beauty.
In addition to needing a functional, secure building, the overall
appearance of the court was important to the state. California-based
architecture firm AC Martin Partners, Inc. was selected to develop the
design of the court and was tasked with creating a building that would
not only be efficient, but also would capture the vibrant, entrepreneurial
spirit of the city. Visalia, California–based glass and window company,
The Glass Shop, was selected to fabricate and glaze the court building,
while products from Kawneer were selected to enhance the building’s
performance and provide superior aesthetics to the project.
With its curved walls, champagne-gold hue and glass façade, the Fifth
District Court of Appeal has a tranquil appearance. Designed to reflect
the dignity and transparency of the judicial system, the modern classic
building combines traditional elements and modern materials. The
courthouse includes a formal processional entry, a jewel-box courtroom
and a horseshoe-shaped inner courtyard.