After walking into the Supreme Court Building, ascending the wide stairs called "The Jerusalem Street," and looking out the panoramic window, you come to a large space that is the formal entrance to the building and is therefore called the "gatehouse."
BTW, the court's website has a nice interactive map you can play with with your mouse.
Look way up, through the high window, and you see the top of a pyramid!
Apparently this was inspired by the similar shapes of two ancient monuments in the Valley of Jehosafat (Yehoshafat): Yad Avshalom (Absalom's pillar) and the tomb of Zechariah.
Natural light comes through four round windows at the apex of the pyramid, forming slowly moving circles of sunlight on the inside walls and on the floor.
(I've started calling such things "reverse shadows" so I can share them for Hey Harriet's "Shadow Shot Sunday.")
Oh! there's another meme shot: a reflection of me for James' "Weekend Reflections."
As the brochure says, this serene space acts as the inner gatehouse of the building and serves as a turning point before the entrance to the courtrooms.
The marble floor has those straight lines which earlier we said represent the concepts of law and truth as direct paths.
Three floors of gracefully curved boxwood shelves from Denmark, filled with law books.
The concept of justice is represented by circles found throughout the building and expressed in the passage of the Book of Psalms, “He guideth me in the circles of justice for the sake of His name.” (Psalms 23:3).
Oops, another reflection! The English-speakers who came to take the guided tour of the Supreme Court.
The brochure explains, "The volumes, which contain centuries of legal thinking from many countries, embody principles of social justice and moral values. The prominence of the library and its proximity to the entrance to the courtrooms affirms the centrality of law in Jewish history."