Limerick County Hall, Dooradoyle, Limerick, Ireland.  Completed 2003. area 7,300 sqm
       
     
 Fig. 1 Southwest facade
       
     
 Fig. 2 timber brise-soleil truss structure, south facade
       
     
 Fig. 3 first floor public counter
       
     
 Fig. 4 office space with exposed in-situ concrete soffit, up-lighters, and furniture
       
     
 Fig. 5 vertical ventilator timber insert, up-lighter, concrete soffit and desks  
       
     
 Fig. 6 Council Chamber
       
     
 Fig. 7 main atrium, 'breathing lung' for the building, and meeting place for local authority and public
       
     
 Fig. 8 main atrium looking into office spaces
       
     
 Fig. 9 west facade, ramp, and planted berms
       
     
 Fig. 10 east facade
       
     
 Fig. 11 atrium structure detail
       
     
 Fig. 12 up-lighter detail
       
     
 Fig. 13 atrium roof structure
       
     
 Fig. 14 east facade
       
     
 Fig. 15 truss structure detail
       
     
 Fig. 16 council chamber table
       
     
 Fig. 17 atrium facade, between the structure and the glass
       
     
Limerick County Hall, Dooradoyle, Limerick, Ireland.  Completed 2003. area 7,300 sqm
       
     
Limerick County Hall, Dooradoyle, Limerick, Ireland. Completed 2003. area 7,300 sqm

The project is a new Headquarters building for Limerick County Council located outside of Limerick City, in the suburb of Doora­doyle. The building is designed to accommo­date and enhance the public services offered by the Council and to provide office space for its 260 employees.

Our aim was to reinforce the use and understanding of public space in this suburban landscape. The building is located in the Limerick city suburb of Dooradoyle: directly adjacent to a large shopping mall and the small county library. The environment created by the building is a ‘hinge’ between semi-natural open space that follows the Ballinacurragh creek, and the shopping centre. The environment created by the building is linked to the semi-natural open space through the sloping green planes on the western portion of the site; these planes are planted with naturally occurring vegetation. The building is a hinge between sky and land: the gesture of the timber screen, in its tilting backwards is towards the sky, the gesture of the land, its inclination towards the building, held by timber retaining walls, link the sky and the land.

Photography : Michael Moran

 Fig. 1 Southwest facade
       
     

Fig. 1
Southwest facade

 Fig. 2 timber brise-soleil truss structure, south facade
       
     

Fig. 2
timber brise-soleil truss structure, south facade

 Fig. 3 first floor public counter
       
     

Fig. 3
first floor public counter

 Fig. 4 office space with exposed in-situ concrete soffit, up-lighters, and furniture
       
     

Fig. 4
office space with exposed in-situ concrete soffit, up-lighters, and furniture

 Fig. 5 vertical ventilator timber insert, up-lighter, concrete soffit and desks  
       
     

Fig. 5
vertical ventilator timber insert, up-lighter, concrete soffit and desks
 

 Fig. 6 Council Chamber
       
     

Fig. 6
Council Chamber

 Fig. 7 main atrium, 'breathing lung' for the building, and meeting place for local authority and public
       
     

Fig. 7
main atrium, 'breathing lung' for the building, and meeting place for local authority and public

 Fig. 8 main atrium looking into office spaces
       
     

Fig. 8
main atrium looking into office spaces

 Fig. 9 west facade, ramp, and planted berms
       
     

Fig. 9
west facade, ramp, and planted berms

 Fig. 10 east facade
       
     

Fig. 10
east facade

 Fig. 11 atrium structure detail
       
     

Fig. 11
atrium structure detail

 Fig. 12 up-lighter detail
       
     

Fig. 12
up-lighter detail

 Fig. 13 atrium roof structure
       
     

Fig. 13
atrium roof structure

 Fig. 14 east facade
       
     

Fig. 14
east facade

 Fig. 15 truss structure detail
       
     

Fig. 15
truss structure detail

 Fig. 16 council chamber table
       
     

Fig. 16
council chamber table

 Fig. 17 atrium facade, between the structure and the glass
       
     

Fig. 17
atrium facade, between the structure and the glass