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ESB HQ Competition Dublin

Electricity Supply Board Contest in Ireland: Architecture Studio Shortlist Information

15 Apr 2009

Electricity Supply Board Headquarters

Architects Shortlist, alphabetical:

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
Rafael Viñoly
Scott Tallon Walker

Location: Fitzwilliam Street

Submissions: 44

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.

Location: Dublin, Ireland

Dublin Architecture

Dublin Architecture Designs – chronological list

Dublin Architect

Dublin Buildings – Selection:

Grand Canal Square Dublin
Studio Daniel Libeskind
Grand Canal Square Dublin
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Adamstown Central
Metropolitan Workshop
Adamstown Central
image from architect

Clarence Hotel Dublin
Foster + Partners
Clarence Hotel Dublin
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Irish Architects

Dublin Parlour Design Competition

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ESB Headquarters Competition Building

Dublin, Ireland