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