This modernist limestone-and-glass pavilion, a new home to all services and departments of Wexford County Council has been recently completed by the London-based practice, Robin Lee Architecture. Overlooking the picturesque River Slaney Estuary and the Blackstairs Mountains, the 11,500-square-meters, £36-million building is composed from six blocks – each dedicated to a different department – which are situated around a centrally located ‘civic forum’.
The ample, five-storey structure is enveloped in a distinctive glass façade while the limestone-clad interior references the rich history of civic buildings in Ireland.
About the project:
‘The new headquarters gives identity to the collective endeavour of the council as a unified organisation while giving individual expression to the separate departments and their unique activities. Open and fully accessible, the space supports the way-finding strategy with enquiry desks, public counters and informal seating throughout. It allows the building to be navigated in a safe and efficient manner, while offering opportunities for civic ceremonies, presentations and social gatherings. Separating the blocks, and filled with planting and serene pools of still water, courtyards bring light into the deeper portions of building and connect the interiors with the surrounding landscape, providing a sense of place and context.’
‘An outer layer of glass wraps around the blocks and acts as the outer skin of a double façade. This provides protection on an exposed site but also regulates the interior temperature through the control of air around the building; cooling the building in the summer and creating an insulating layer during the winter. ‘