Glencar House, Merrion Road, Dublin
Located on the Merrion Road directly opposite the historic buildings of the Royal Dublin Society, Glencar House is a new Grade A office building that is LEED and WELL Platinum rated.
Designed with a new public plaza and a sensitively landscaped zone between the neighbouring Protected Structure No. 32 Merrion Road, the site massing reinstates the original setting of the house. A six storey stepping to four storeys onto Merrion Road allows the building sit comfortably into its context.
The design approach to the external cladding utilises sectional polished pre cast concrete modules with full height glazing panels. The solidity of the façade design is accentuated by deep window reveals and the placement of integral louvre blades. A strong biophillic design approach supports the sustainability credentials for this building and is evident in both its interior and exterior architectural design.
The 3 storey vertical anodised aluminium fins and Connemara stone wall cladding to the main atrium are inspired by Glencar Waterfall. This elemental design approach is further emphasised by a natural colour palette, bespoke Celtic inspired infographics, and floor tile engravings taken from WB Yeats ‘The Stolen Child’.
Finally, our team worked with Irish artist Rachel Joynt on the architectural setting for ‘An Siol’ an external 18ft high bronze hyperrealist sculpture of a sycamore seed which visually links the front entrance of the building at ground level through the central circulation lobby to a mature sycamore tree to its rear courtyard.