A new county hall for Fingal County Council in Swords.
A symbol of the client’s desire for openness in local government, clear in its relationship to the particularities of its site and providing a quality environment, on low energy principles, for both occupants and visitors.
The major emphasis was the minimisation of adverse environmental impacts, balancing embodied energy and day-to-day energy consumption, and reducing wastage.
(It) demonstrates critical design and construction co-ordination, the integration of services within the structure and a clear commitment ... to achieve a singular building.
Irish Concrete Award citation
to reinforce the civic character of the town centre
to provide the project with a literal and metaphorical transparency
served as a catalyst for the transformation of Swords from a village to a major administrative and commercial centre
cited as an exemplar for future ecologically-sensitive office development
nominated as the “Irish Building of the Year” by the Irish Times
winner of special public poll in the RIAI triennial gold Medal awards