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Ardnacrusha Control Building

  • Architect:
    ESBI Building Consulting Group
  • Award Type:
    Regional Award 1996
  • Location: Munster
Ardnacrusha Control Building


A highly imaginative solution to an "apparently simple problem" with a superb use of materials and form.

Architect's Comment
Ardnacrusha Station on the River Shannon is Ireland's most well known Hydroelectric Generating Station. It is undergoing a major refurbishment which includes a new control building. The client chose the most dramatic of sites, the gable end of the vast turbine hall, rising from the pool below the dam. Accommodation includes the station control room at upperlevel and its associated facilites below.

The building needed to be dramatic in shape and materials, to be a fitting addition to its dramatic surroundings. Using the large gable as a backdrop, the cantilevered copper-clad structure contrasts strongly with the architecture of the old station. The Control Room has a bright and quiet working environment seperated and insulated from the noisy industrial turbine hall.

Client's Comment
The building is the new control centre of the generating station and the region it serves. It houses the latest modern control and switchgear technology. The plan, location and farm serves its technical functions well, while providing a pleasant working environment for the user.