Fingal County Council
Dublin 15, Ireland
The public face of the building comprises a striking curved wing which addresses a civic space flanked by the Council’s arts and library buildings. Hard and soft landscaping and lighting define the pedestrian link to the town centre beyond.
The scheme comprises four 4-storey office blocks unified by a spine of full height glazed atria. Designed for energy efficiency, the office space is primarily naturally ventilated through user operable windows, supplemented by a mixed-mode displacement ventilation system and heat exchanger. Exposed concrete soffits provide passive cooling, avoiding the need for air conditioning.
Measuring over 16,700 sq.m, the building achieved a net:gross ratio of 78% - a creditable achievement in a building where public assembly and circulation space forms such a large part of the brief.
Only two of the building’s four blocks are presently occupied by the council. The other two are let on a speculative basis, but provide ample scope for future expansion of council services in this area which is set to accommodate much of Dublin city’s population growth over the coming decades.