Project name: Biosciences Research Building, National University of Ireland, Galway
Project location: Galway, Ireland
Firm name: Payette
Jury comments: Environmental response to a moderate climate is the story behind the design of this research facility. By using the climate to mitigate the loads on an energy intensive building type, we learn that climate is not irrelevant and that siting is an essential part of sustainability. Interior spatial organization also leverages the climate. Surrounding the labs with daylit corridors provides the interior with a thermal corridor, or thermal “sweater.” The overall approach is simple yet radical.
Client: National University of Ireland, Galway
Consultants: Reddy Architecture + Urbanism (Architect of Record); Davis Langdon Ltd, an AECOM Company; Barrett Mahony Consulting Engineers; Homan O’Brien; Mitchell + Associates; J.J. Rhatigan & Co.