Denis Byrne Architects, an award-winning Dublin architecture practice, has won the Architecture Review‘s prestigious 2016 Work Award for its Gas Networks Ireland Services Centre in Finglas, Dublin. Established in London in 1896, the Architecture Review is considered to be the leading authority on contemporary architecture in the world. The judges of the AR Work Award 2016 shortlisted four international projects from over a hundred entries and visited each of the shortlisted projects – in Mexico, the USA, Sweden and Ireland- prior to reaching its decision.
‘This architecture is unquestionably the starting point for a new level of discourse on office design in Ireland’ said the jury which included Sanjay Puri, Manuelle Gautrand and John McAslan. The jury added: ‘It is a triumph that a building that appears relatively closed from the outside should be so completely the opposite once you’re inside.’
Denis Byrne architects gained the commission following a two stage international architectural competition administered by the RIAI on behalf of Gas Networks Ireland (formerly Bord Gais). The design of the new building reflects Gas Network Ireland’s commitment to environmental protection, energy conservation and sustainable development. The building design promotes an integrated sustainable design approach that combines Microclimate, Biodiversity and Landscape, Water Management, use of Renewable Energy Technologies with a compact building featuring a Low Energy design concept, to establish a service facility with a high quality and permeable work environment. Located on the edge of the M50, it features a stunning roof landscape which can be used by the staff for recreational purposes.
The design had previously won a Green Building Award, the Concrete Society Award, the RIAI’s ‘Best Sustainable Building’, as well as ‘Best Commercial Building’ awards. Denis Byrne, director of Denis Byrne Architects, said : ‘We at Denis Byrne Architects are delighted that our Gas Networks Ireland Services Centre building was chosen as the eventual winner. We wanted to make a building that was robust for its purpose but also create a pleasant and light-filled working environment for the staff to enhance their well-being and sense of community.’
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