Electricity Supply Board Headquarters, Ireland

Category Winner Working together

Brick Award 24 Electrical Supply Board Headquarters, Category Working together, Architects: Grafton Architects & O Mahony Pike
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Brick Award 24 Electrical Supply Board Headquarters, Category Working together, Architects: Grafton Architects & O Mahony Pike
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Key facts

Electricity Supply Board Headquarters

Architects  Grafton Architects & O’Mahony Pike, Ireland

Location   Dublin Ireland

Construction period   2017 - 2022

Nomination category   Working together

Purpose   Offices

Brick type   Load-bearing masonry construction, facing bricks

 

About the project

Brick Shell and Landscape Core

Two design sketches already convey the defining characteristics of the project: firstly, the interweaving of built-up and green areas and secondly the façade, which is structurally, as a perforated façade, and materially, with brick surfaces, oriented towards the urban context.

In a partially listed Georgian neighborhood in the center of Dublin, sixteen townhouses were demolished in the 1960s and an office complex, neither beautiful nor permanently usable, arose in their place. The new headquarters of the Electricity Supply Board (ESB) is now both beautiful and usable and – on an area of 120 by 60 meters – a piece of city that is permeable, orient- ed to architectural tradition and at the same time an ex- ample of modern office architecture in terms of spatial configuration, resource usage and the development of a high-quality working environment.

The architects emphasize the integration of landscape elements into the building structure as crucial to the design. The interweaving of a series of slender buildings and planted courtyards ensures a pleasant microclimate, natural ventilation, and daylight. What is a good place for employees is also attractive for passers-by, because public passages have been created between the streets that border the block – a gesture of opening, and not just in spatial terms.

The Electricity Supply Board headquarters was built from prefabricated concrete elements. Along the streets, however, there are exposed brick façades and colonnades made using traditional 18th-century craftsmanship methods, establishing an immediate connection to the neighborhood. A repair of the urban fabric is not achieved through imitation, but through a serious examination of the historical circumstances. When walking down Fitzwilliam Street, one can feel both: familiarity and forward-thinking.

Brick Award 24 Electrical Supply Board Headquarters, Category Working together, Architects: Grafton Architects & O Mahony Pike

 

"The project connects the material, the environment and the humans."

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