Oak Park Research Facility

McCullough Mulvin, Carlow, 2008


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View from across the park  

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  • View from across the park     
  • The building is arranged around a picturesque 18th-century country house    
  • The facility is housed in a designed landscape of ancient-looking trees.    
  • The exterior treatment is render and expressed expansion joints    
  • The glazed corner provided a spectacular office for the director and a fine view for the ground-floor meeting room    
  • Illuminated entrance at dusk    
  • Detail view of roof light    
  • Interior view of hallway    
  • Timber clad interior    
  • View from ground-floor director    
  • Interior view of an office    
  • Timber lined central hall lit from above skylight    
  • View of atrium lit from above skylight    
  • Site plan    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • Section    

Two-storey office wing and laboratory for Teagasc Agricultural Research Centre in Carlow, Ireland

The structure is made simply using traditional and economic construction methods, blockwork and plaster render. Standing in the Capability Brown designed landscape, the new building can see and be seen from the original house; it assumes a role as a garden pavilion to be seen from its windows and across the green landscape.

The agricultural research institution provides new laboratory and office accommodation within the magnificent landscaped grounds of an 18th century country house.

The facility takes the form of an irregular two-story block of cellular rooms off a central rooflit space; each room is used for reflection, writing or experiment, with meeting space and a library at one end.

The laboratory building explores the cellular nature of its experimental subject matter, the natural support and augmentation of plant life. Its plan has the structure of a hollow plant stem- the natural order coinciding with the order of research, meeting and mutual learning.


  • Begun: Jun 2005
  • Completed: Mar 2008
  • Floor area: 620m2
  • Sector: Office
  • Total cost: £1.4M
  • Procurement: RIAI
  • Address: Teagasc, Oak Park, Carlow, Ireland

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