Abbotstown, County Dublin
The original 3,000 sq m former laboratory building has been stripped to it’s raw concrete shell and converted into the new head quarters for the Football Association of Ireland. The building is formed around a square courtyard , landscaped in Breedon gravel , stone slabs and olive trees. The floor plan is divided by a roof-lit central circulation corridor with offices either side. The line of the corridor walls step in and out to create relief within the circulation space and to form display areas for trophies and the Hall of Fame. The concrete surface of the roof structure is exposed and contrasts with the warm walnut joinery which lines the walls. Services are accommodated in the raised floors and fins suspended from the concrete ceiling. The exterior expresses the concrete shell and features larch cladding at the higher corner elements.
The construction was completed in 2007.
Published in Architecture Ireland 237, May 2008.