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Meridian Police Department

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The Meridian Police Department is the most significant work by the Mississippi architect, Chris Risher. Finished in 1975, the police department is one of Risher later works in his carrier. The Meridian Police Department demonstrates Risher’s complex layering of projecting planes and massing. The entry courtyard of the police department contains many elements of the modern movement that were being practiced all around the world. One of the foundational elements of the modern movement is solid opposing void. Risher uses the brick walls to frame the entry courtyard and also screen the courtyard creating an enclosed space. The police department also features projecting planes that reach out into the landscape and organizes the circulation around the building. The steel bands that start at either end of the building meet in the entry courtyard creating a subtle sculptural moment. The Meridan Police Department is Chris Risher greatest works in which the building and landscape are both placed in a harmonious relationship with one another.