Samuel Beckett Civic Campus Dublin Ireland
The public library reading room overlooks a public park in Dublin, which is depicted above. Wood is utilized primarily as an ornament for the building seen in parts of the facade and partitions. There are many reasons wood is underutilized for frames. One reason is due to building codes that do not allow for the use of wood for structural institutional and commercial application, however, digital fabrication tools enable designers to control the structural efficiency of design before engineers maximize structural efficiency through mechanical connections. This is a great case study for students that are interested in how architects use wood to spruce up a concrete environment.
Another Project from Bucholz McEvoy Architects is the Limerick County Hall, Dooradoyle, Limerick, Ireland.
Photography : Michael Moran
My favorite image from this structure is the main atrium, which is a place for local authorizes to meet. As designers, we have potential to use traditional truss systems in an innovative fashion. The use of wood columns reflect the light creating an inviting environment for its users.
What an extraordinary use of wood. The arches and beam mechanical connection to a steal rod place vertically on a building is the essence of both determination and perseverance. No doubt, there were many iterations of this design presented to a client before fabrication was approved by an engineer. This grid shell is an example of how digital fabrication tools can be used to simplify creating a repeated modular design for large scale applications.