Irish Projects 2011

Roof Pavilion Room & Roof Garden, Goatstown, Dublin 20

Brief: To design a garden on top of a penthouse apartment that would include an all-glass room, outdoor hot-tub, shower, putting green and planting. The client asked the developer of the penthouse apartment that he had just bought if he could build a garden on his roof; the very amenable developer said yes. The architects felt the extension of the garden was treetops and Dublin Mountains beyond, so the whole challenge was to retain that whilst still maintaining privacy. The biggest challenge was the construction process – timber-frame was chosen, with all the larger construction elements craned-in from the site next door. The client now has a whole self-contained space up in the clouds, with a colourful bathroom, kitchen behind tall oak-panelled doors, in-home sound system and a great living space internally and externally.


Architects: McQuillan Architects
Main Contractor: DP Developments
Structural Engineer: Ciaran O’Brien, OBA Consulting
External Glazing: Kerr Aluminium
Parkalex Supplier: MJ Flood
LED Lighting Specialist: Fibreled




Wexford County Council Headquarters

Brief: To bring together the services and departments of Wexford County Council that, until now, have been housed separately within the centre of the town. The accommodation is laid out as a series of six discrete blocks; each block houses key services and individual departments. The blocks are gathered around a large central space, a ‘civic forum’, which gives access to all of the council facilities. Open and fully accessible, the space supports the way-finding strategy with enquiry desks, public counters and informal seating throughout. It allows the building to be navigated in a safe and efficient manner, while offering opportunities for civic ceremonies, presentations and social gatherings. Separating the blocks and filled with planting and pools of still water, courtyards bring light into the deeper portions of the building and connect the interiors with the surrounding landscape, providing a sense of place and context. These spaces combine to place social interaction at the heart of the building and allow the public realm to pervade the whole building at ground floor.

Wexford 2011

Architect: Robin Lee Architecture
Executive Architect: Arthur Gibney & Partners
Contractor: Pierse Contracting Ltd and Wexford County Council
Structural Engineer: Buro Happold
Services Engineer: Buro Happold
QS: Mulcahy McDonagh & Partners
Landscape Architects: Mitchell & Associates
Photography: Andrew Lee