The Leinster Pavilions
Bucholz McEvoy Architects
- Award Type:
Regional Award 2006
- Location: Dublin
A simple glass pavilion which streamlines the process of entering the Oireachtas was designed. The new entry is composed of three parts: the renovated vehicular entry, the glass entry pavilion, and the refurbished stone exit pavilion. The vehicular entry is a simple stone apron, enclosed by the pavilion and a grass. The Pavilion is a trapezoid in plan, due to the orchestration between the existing stone Pavilion, the existing London Plane trees, and the spatial demands of the brief to have adequate waiting space for groups visiting the Oireachtas.
In order to provide as unobstructed view as possible, structure is placed principally in the roof. Glue laminated ‘X’ beams provide all lateral restraint, allowing the columns to the inside of the courtyard to take vertical (dead) loads only. The recycled Irish Oak desk is the instrument which guides people through the building, creating a generous and secure entry for members of Parliament, and members of the public, curving around the tree to create a security screening point through which people must pass, and finally providing able waiting space once they have been screened.
The new Leinster House Pavilion provides an open and welcoming entrance to the Houses of the Oireachtas which expresses the open and transparent manner with which government is conducted.
The design of the building ensures that the security of both members and the public are dealt with unobtrusively and seamlessly. The security is enchanced by the ability to maintain control and surveillance over the flow of vehicles and people into and out of Leinster House.
The transparency of the Pavilion maximizes the beauty of the forecourt to the Oireachtas in particular the existing Place trees and provides clear views of Leinster house from Kildare Street.
The reception desk in oak and Connemara marble is much admired it acts as a guide for visitors as it curves around the tree.
The new Leinster House Pavilion is a pleasant place for the staff and visitors and an appropriate addition to the Leinster House Courtyard.