Wexford County Council Headquarters

Robin Lee Architecture, Wexford, 2011

 

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Council office, divided into six self contained buildings arranged around a central civic forum, as part of the service campus for 3000 people

Wrapped around the perimeter an insulating double-skin facade extends a metre above the parapet to reveal six stone monoliths – the individual departments. The low horizontal form rises in parts from a two-storey datum to five stories at the entrance.

The entrance in the north-east corner consists of a double-height lobby with narrow framed glass doors supported on umber anodised frames that leads to the 85-metre long, 6.3-metre high foyer. Offset around this spine are the size two-storey self-contained buildings, each housing one of the six departments and two public staircases.

The roof is clamped shut by a heavy concrete slab that darkens and compresses the space. Cast into the roof on its south side is a pair of narrow rooflights, which illuminate the main reception desk.

Blue Kilkenny limestone is used for the floor and external walls of each building. Elsewhere, the soffit is pale-grey exposed concrete. The six reception areas, located in each block’s corner, and the two public stairs are made of oak planks. The timber is inset with full-height glass windows held in polished stainless steel frames.

Data

  • Begun: Feb 2008
  • Completed: Jul 2011
  • Floor area: 11,500m2
  • Sector: Office
  • Total cost: £36M
  • Procurement: GDLA82 (with quantities)
  • Address: Carricklawn, Wexford, United Kingdom

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