Orlando Police Department Headquarters
by Architects Design Group
This 95,000 sf Police Headquarters is intended to serve as a major catalyst for thoughtful urban growth while integrating into the sensitive context of a historic neighborhood. This area is rapidly becoming a vital component in the Downtown Orlando urban fabric with three major athletic venues in close proximity to the site. The entrance plaza is located at the most prominent corner of the Headquarters site and welcomes public visitors through the north public entrance atrium.
The exterior envelope communicates openness and transparency at the primary streetscapes through the highly glazed north and west building facades. Minimal sunshade structures utilize louvers as a passive shading strategy that protects the west façade from afternoon sunlight while allowing open expansive views from the building. The transparency of the glazing is balanced with a dark gun metal panels which project the Police Department’s tenets of strength and discipline.
Openness and transparency is maintained at the interior of the Headquarters contributing to daylighting within the work spaces. The simple floor plan diagram organizes the complex program along each level’s main circulation corridor which extends the full length of the western edge of the structure. The fully glazed interior walls on the upper floor levels provide views of the street and the sky from the open workspace areas. These areas are organized to allow natural light to penetrate deep into the interior.
Concept of urban catalyst reinforced in site, plan, and program. Transforms public safety typology. Nice urban feel.