The new civic offices for County Offaly are located in a mature suburb on the edge of the town of Tullamore.

The project accommodation consists of 5,200m² of office, crèche, laboratory, cafeteria and council chamber. The project addresses the client’s conflicting requirements for a building which fits discretely into its suburban context while still maintaining a strong civic presence.

A new paved civic court is formed, defined by the Council Chamber, while the main office accommodation is housed within a timber-clad volume set amongst existing trees A timber lattice forms a protective veil, shading the interior from the sun and controlling the extent of overlooking into neighbouring properties.

2003 RIAI Best Public Building
2003 Sustainable Building Award, Department of the Environment and Local Government
2003 RIBA Regional Award

Photographs by Christian Richters