Dublin 24, Ireland
Form follows function in this rigorously value-engineered building. Scott Tallon Walker worked with the process engineers to define the optimum form for the enclosure. The architecture grew out of a clear process flow diagram – from paper delivery and storage to printing, quality control, collation, packing and dispatch. Such close collaboration ultimately meant the printing presses could be installed even as construction continued.
The building is more than an efficient machine. At its heart is the press hall, fully glazed but protected from glare and solar gain by motorised louvres in a delicately cross-braced frame that also supports maintenance gantries. The changing textures of the dynamic façade bring the building elegantly to life by day and at night.
The complex is made appear deceptively smaller through the use of earth berms, broken massing and careful manipulation of architectural scale: what seems to be a three-storey press hall actually rises to a parapet height of 20m.
The control of noise breakout from the press hall was critical. The building skin comprises acoustic metal panels and a bespoke window-wall system with pressure caps milled out of solid aluminium that take the glazing.