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Fingal County Hall

  • Architect:
    Bucholz McEvoy Architects in association with BDP
  • Award Type:
    Regional Award 2001
  • Location: Dublin
Fingal County Hall


Dublin (over £100,000)

An assured and technically innovative public building, reflecting the clients wish for an expression of openness in local government. Sensitive to its site despite its size; a vindication of the competition system. 

Architects Comments

The village of Swords includes several components: a Norman Castle, an 11th century abbey, a 12th century round tower, and a park. Sited in the park, the new County Hall links together these elements of Swords through the creation of a public space: An existing crescent of Holm Oak trees along the western edge of the site establishes the scale of the County Hall, and together with the building give form to a new public space.

The building is an open and transparent expression of local government, reflecting the three roles of a County Hall: as the centre of local democracy, providing services to the community, and providing an environment in which to work. The internal public space is organised along a curved spine to which are attached three shallow plan Office Wings, interspersed with courtyard gardens or ‘outdoor atria’. Fingal County Hall is an entirely naturally ventilated office building; the primary building components, the structure, and the façade, have been carefully ‘tuned-in’ to the environment. 

Clients Comments

We decided to use the Architectural Competition route to procure our own headquarters building. We were pleased with the way the Architects had identified the core issues behind the Client brief. These were: a Civic Building responding to its location; an expression of openness for the organisation; and, particularly, with how Sustainable Design underlies the office design. The building is helping to define an image and an ethos for a new local authority anxious to establish itself with its citizens.