Externally, the Justice Palace is a group of buildings behind walls, with traditional elements such as gates and towers. Internally, the use of columns, courtyards and narrow alleys which receive daylight, sometimes direct sunlight, remind one of traditional elements used in institutional buildings, or Mamluk houses of the Islamic era.
The Justice Palace is connected to the Great Mosque of Riyadh by a large public plaza. To the south of the Palace are three buildings housing the Riyadh Municipality, the Governorate, and Police HQ.
Architect’s Record of Justice Palace. Courtesy of Architect (submitted to the Aga Khan Award for Architecture), 1995.
In the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, the architects of projects engaged in the nomination process receive an Award documentation package which describes the standardised presentation requirements. In addition to submitting photographs, slides, and architectural drawings, architects are asked to complete a detailed Architect's Record pertaining to use, cost, environmental and climatic factors, construction materials, building schedule, and, more importantly, design concepts and each project's significance within its own context.