Best Commercial Building
Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland
Pierce Contracting Ltd
The curved plan form emerged from a desire to symbolise an embracing department open to and welcoming the public of whose environment they are guardians.
The design comprises two curved wings, each capable of expansion. These are connected by a glazed landscaped atrium space suitable for public performances, exhibitions and receptions, as well as acting as the assembly space for the conference area. The generosity of the public spaces belies a highly efficient layout achieving a net:gross ratio in excess of 80%.