Westmeath County Buildings and Public Library, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, Ireland.  Completed 2009.  Area 7500 sqm new build, 1550 sqm refurbishment.
       
     
 Fig. 1 main public atrium looking north
       
     
 Fig. 2 public library interior
       
     
 Fig. 3 double facade facing railway line to the south, overlooking new park incorporating archeological remains
       
     
 Fig. 4 public library reading room overlooking public park
       
     
 Fig. 5 bridge entrance to public library, main external public staircase
       
     
 Fig. 6 public atrium  
       
     
 Fig. 7 public atrium and renovated stone buildings
       
     
 Fig. 8 public atrium, internal facade of public library  
       
     
 Fig. 9 public library main help desk
       
     
 Fig. 10 terrace for staff cafe  
       
     
 Fig. 11 south facade of renovated civic offices with atrium structure visible to right
       
     
Westmeath County Buildings and Public Library, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, Ireland.  Completed 2009.  Area 7500 sqm new build, 1550 sqm refurbishment.
       
     
Westmeath County Buildings and Public Library, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, Ireland. Completed 2009. Area 7500 sqm new build, 1550 sqm refurbishment.

The building is a low energy Civic Office Headquarters and Public Library for Westmeath County Council, located in the centre of Mullingar town on an historic site incorporating and renovating several listed buildings and building carefully within archaeological remains.  The design solution is an open, transparent public facility carefully woven into its historic urban context, creating an ensemble of new & old buildings, bringing new energy and civic values to the site.  The building is a civic place, internally a sculpture of light, created primarily with glass, timber, and concrete, externally an open and transparent expression of local government. The building opens to the complex site remaking the connection to the village of Mullingar.

Photography : Michael Moran

 Fig. 1 main public atrium looking north
       
     

Fig. 1
main public atrium looking north

 Fig. 2 public library interior
       
     

Fig. 2
public library interior

 Fig. 3 double facade facing railway line to the south, overlooking new park incorporating archeological remains
       
     

Fig. 3
double facade facing railway line to the south, overlooking new park incorporating archeological remains

 Fig. 4 public library reading room overlooking public park
       
     

Fig. 4
public library reading room overlooking public park

 Fig. 5 bridge entrance to public library, main external public staircase
       
     

Fig. 5
bridge entrance to public library, main external public staircase

 Fig. 6 public atrium  
       
     

Fig. 6
public atrium
 

 Fig. 7 public atrium and renovated stone buildings
       
     

Fig. 7
public atrium and renovated stone buildings

 Fig. 8 public atrium, internal facade of public library  
       
     

Fig. 8
public atrium, internal facade of public library
 

 Fig. 9 public library main help desk
       
     

Fig. 9
public library main help desk

 Fig. 10 terrace for staff cafe  
       
     

Fig. 10
terrace for staff cafe
 

 Fig. 11 south facade of renovated civic offices with atrium structure visible to right
       
     

Fig. 11
south facade of renovated civic offices with atrium structure visible to right