The pavilions are designed to provide a transparent and secure entrance for the public to the Government buildings, in which is located the office of the Prime Minister of Ireland. Two wing-like zinc clad roofs present a thin edge to the internal courtyard and the street.
The pavilions are ventilated through glass louvres at high level, and sliding stainless steel vents at low level: Like an automobile, the pavilions incorporate window defrosters and adjustable air nozzles, and sun visors to control the micro-environment. The roof structure is treated as a stiff wing, cantilevered from the rear wall, with pre-stressed connections at the corners removing the snow load. The dead load of the glass is supported along an edge channel at the bottom, and live loads are taken on a continuous glass shelf at high level.
Photography : Michael Moran
Government buildings, Security pavilion (left), Welcoming pavilion (right)
Welcoming pavilion west facade facing vehicular entrance, Security pavilion corner
Welcoming pavilion curved glass corner with suspended roof structure
Corner detail, Welcoming pavilion
Corner detail from interior, Welcoming pavilion