The SAP building in Galway accomodates 360 staff dealing with technical queries from around the globe. The low energy design strategy makes use of solar and wind power to provide a naturally ventilated and cooled environment for staff throughout the 18 hour working period.
The building had to be completely designed before site selection was finalised. Therefore it was decided to treat the climate as the site, and design the building as a naturally ventilated low-energy building specifically tuned to the climate conditions in Galway. Because it is a high-density occupancy building it has high ventilation demand and high cooling load. The building creates a balanced environment for employee comfort and working using the minimum amount of energy from non-renewable resources using free cooling from outside air as the only cooling source and an atrium separates office floor-plates which are connected via bridge structures.
Photography : Michael Moran
North elevation, main entrance
Atrium structure at main entrance, bridges between office spaces above
East elevation, cedar cladding and brise-soliel, vertical ventilator panels
East elevation detail
Atrium junction over entrance
LVL beam junction at mid-span of atrium glass assembly
Bridge space between office blocks with pivoting solar control panels
Internal elevation west facade, bridge spaces and atrium glass assembly
Pivoting solar control panel detail
Interior office space looking across atrium
Interior office space with Bucholz McEvoy designed shared table-desk incorporating glare control and acoustic privacy panels
Interior detail at desk, Bucholz McEvoy designed uplighter light fitting, glare control screen, vertical ventilator incorporating decentralised heat recovery unit
View from south east looking north west. Building aligned with North - South axis to take maximum advantage of daylight and heat-gain.
Building’s North - South orientation pushes away from road geometry
View from North East looking South West.
View from West looking East
view from North looking South