Fingal County Hall Dublin, Ireland. Completed 2000 area: 11,244 sqm
       
     
 Fig. 1 west facade, main entrance
       
     
 Fig. 2 approach to building from main street north
       
     
 Fig. 3 south facade, council chamber and offices
       
     
 Fig. 4 main entrance approach from north
       
     
 Fig. 5 Timber spar support to suspended glass
       
     
 Fig. 6 south facade offices, typical bay
       
     
 Fig. 7 Typical office space looking across transparent link courtyard from inside
       
     
 Fig. 8 Council Chamber
       
     
 Fig. 9 Rotating timber louvre in Council Chamber
       
     
 Fig. 10 view to north from top of atrium
       
     
 Fig. 11 View of atrium from public park
       
     
 Fig. 12 atrium detail along building movement joint
       
     
 Fig. 13 atrium view to south
       
     
 Fig. 14 junction between office spine and office core
       
     
 Fig. 15 south facade, office building
       
     
 Fig. 16 north facade office building
       
     
 Fig. 17 detail of main reception desk
       
     
 Fig. 18 Handrail detail in atrium, oak shaped to grasp
       
     
 Fig. 19 detail council chamber table
       
     
 Fig. 20 detail council chamber table
       
     
 Fig. 21 detail timber pivot vent between meeting room and atrium
       
     
 Fig. 22 office space sculpted concrete ceiling and custom up-light fitting
       
     
 Fig. 23 detail atrium suspended glass structure
       
     
 Fig. 24 site plan
       
     
 Fig. 25 Landscape plan
       
     
Fingal County Hall Dublin, Ireland. Completed 2000 area: 11,244 sqm
       
     
Fingal County Hall Dublin, Ireland. Completed 2000 area: 11,244 sqm

Fingal County Hall is an open and transparent expression of local government, providing a sustainable, low-energy working environment for 450 Council employees.

An existing crescent of tall Holm Oak trees and a 150-year-old Himalayan Cedar along the western edge of the site were integrated into our design and helped to establish a civic scale befitting that of a County Hall. The trees together with the building give form to a new civic space, the 'public foyer' of the County Hall which is part internal, part external. Visitors arrive in a green-floored 'piazza' colonnaded with the trunks of Holm Oaks and roofed with their foliage. The five-storey high atrium, defining the edge of the space is the meeting point of public and private, a 'vertical main street', extending in an open gesture towards the community.

Photography : Michael Moran

 Fig. 1 west facade, main entrance
       
     

Fig. 1
west facade, main entrance

 Fig. 2 approach to building from main street north
       
     

Fig. 2
approach to building from main street north

 Fig. 3 south facade, council chamber and offices
       
     

Fig. 3
south facade, council chamber and offices

 Fig. 4 main entrance approach from north
       
     

Fig. 4
main entrance approach from north

 Fig. 5 Timber spar support to suspended glass
       
     

Fig. 5
Timber spar support to suspended glass

 Fig. 6 south facade offices, typical bay
       
     

Fig. 6
south facade offices, typical bay

 Fig. 7 Typical office space looking across transparent link courtyard from inside
       
     

Fig. 7
Typical office space looking across transparent link courtyard from inside

 Fig. 8 Council Chamber
       
     

Fig. 8
Council Chamber

 Fig. 9 Rotating timber louvre in Council Chamber
       
     

Fig. 9
Rotating timber louvre in Council Chamber

 Fig. 10 view to north from top of atrium
       
     

Fig. 10
view to north from top of atrium

 Fig. 11 View of atrium from public park
       
     

Fig. 11
View of atrium from public park

 Fig. 12 atrium detail along building movement joint
       
     

Fig. 12
atrium detail along building movement joint

 Fig. 13 atrium view to south
       
     

Fig. 13
atrium view to south

 Fig. 14 junction between office spine and office core
       
     

Fig. 14
junction between office spine and office core

 Fig. 15 south facade, office building
       
     

Fig. 15
south facade, office building

 Fig. 16 north facade office building
       
     

Fig. 16
north facade office building

 Fig. 17 detail of main reception desk
       
     

Fig. 17
detail of main reception desk

 Fig. 18 Handrail detail in atrium, oak shaped to grasp
       
     

Fig. 18
Handrail detail in atrium, oak shaped to grasp

 Fig. 19 detail council chamber table
       
     

Fig. 19
detail council chamber table

 Fig. 20 detail council chamber table
       
     

Fig. 20
detail council chamber table

 Fig. 21 detail timber pivot vent between meeting room and atrium
       
     

Fig. 21
detail timber pivot vent between meeting room and atrium

 Fig. 22 office space sculpted concrete ceiling and custom up-light fitting
       
     

Fig. 22
office space sculpted concrete ceiling and custom up-light fitting

 Fig. 23 detail atrium suspended glass structure
       
     

Fig. 23
detail atrium suspended glass structure

 Fig. 24 site plan
       
     

Fig. 24
site plan

 Fig. 25 Landscape plan
       
     

Fig. 25
Landscape plan