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ESB HQ Competition Dublin
Electricity Supply Board Contest in Ireland: Architecture Information
15 Apr 2009
Electricity Supply Board Headquarters
Design: DEGW with engineer BDSP
Design: Dixon.Jones with BDP
Design: Gilroy McMahon Architects with Henry J Lyons & Partners
Grafton Architects with O’Mahony Pike
OMS Architects with 3XN Architects
Scott Tallon Walker
Location: Fitzwilliam Street
Entry Bar: turnover greater than €2.5 million
Area: 35,000sqm approx.
Announced: Apr 2009
Next Stage: Nov 2009 – Detailed Designs
THE ESB intends to use the opportunity provided by the redevelopment of its head office in Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin, to create a world-class example of sustainable and innovative headquarters.
According to documentation issued by the ESB, one of the key criteria for a design contest for the new complex will be the participants’ proposals for a solution to the aspect of the Lower Fitzwilliam Street facade.
This facade was the most controversial element of the existing headquarters built in 1970 – following an earlier architectural competition won by the late Arthur Gibney and Sam Stephenson – because it meant demolishing 16 Georgian houses.
At the time, conservationists were rightly appalled that Dublin’s longest Georgian facade, from Mount Street to Leeson Street, was to be broken by a modern building fronted by precast concrete window panels and set on a podium.
The ESB brought in English architectural historian Sir John Summerson to give his opinion on the merit of the houses to be demolished.
Dublin Architecture Designs – chronological list
Dublin Buildings – Selection:
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