Places of work constitute the vast bulk of our towns and cities, but despite its centrality to people’s lives and its ubiquity in the built fabric, the workplace has remained marginal to debate and innovation within architecture.
ABK Architects have been at the forefront of exploring ways in which the contemporary workplace might be reconsidered, examining afresh the constituent elements of the workplace, its spatial composition, its character, the patterns of activity it engenders, and the relationships it establishes with its wider context.
Just as buildings must respond to site and context, they must also provide an environment conducive to carrying out the day-to-day tasks of their occupants. Innovation in the creation and control of the work environment underpins all aspects of our design. From the use of renewable materials to maximising natural light, from tempering of the environment and use of natural ventilation, we use sustainable strategies which conserve resources, and reduce overall energy use
Awards for recent office buildings include: Cork Civic Offices: RIAI Best Public Building, RIBA European Award, RIAI best Sustainable Project, RIAI Best Accessible Project; Offaly Civic Offices: RIAI Best Public Building, RIAI Best Sustainable Project, An Taisce Best Designed Sustainable Building.
Architecture plays a significant role in the development of healthcare. It is now generally recognised that the built environment can be an active component in the therapeutic process where research has shown that the quality of environment plays an important part both in the recovery of patients from illness and the morale of staff.
An example of ABK Architects’ holistic approach to the making of healthcare space is the use of daylight in St Mary’s hospital, Isle of Wight, where generous rooflights fill rooms and corridors with natural light, giving patients views of the sky.
The same St Mary’s hospital was also the first low-energy hospital in the UK, reducing energy demand by 50% in this 200 bed facility.
At the Dublin Dental hospital we resolved clinical and educational roles, while refurbishing the existing historic building and constructing a new wing.
We continue in the provision of healthcare buildings with Primary Care Centres, doctor’s surgeries and specialist laboratory projects.
Awards for buildings include Dublin Dental Hospital: OPUS Building of the Year Award, RIBA Award, RIAI Regional Award.
Buildings contribute to the process of education, underpinning and facilitating the ambitions and aspirations of the institutions to which they give substance. Their design, organisation and planning serve to facilitate social and learning experience, encouraging communication while helping to establish a sense of identity.
How one addresses the diverse demands of students and staff – the need for individual study and contemplation space as well as the contrasting need for collective space for group activities and social interaction – has been studied by ABK. We have implemented these ideas at all levels of education from Schools and Colleges through to Universities and Institutes of Technology.
We have a long history of designing buildings for alll levels of education, from Keble and Templeton College in Oxford to Trinity College in Dublin.
Recent clients include Institute of Technology Tralee, Institute of Technology Blanchardstown, Institute of Art Design and Technology Dun Laoghaire, John Wheatley College Glasgow.
The individual house is the most fundamental and at the same time the most complex of all building types. It combines the archetypal role of shelter with the varied needs that go into making a ‘home.’ A dwelling must cater for the requirements of the individual, while in larger groupings it must contribute towards the forming of coherent communities.
In all cases, the private and public domain are critical, as well as the threshold, the place where they meet.
We work at all the scales from the individual house to groups of units to large scale housing schemes and mixed-use schemes, which incorporate other functions at the scale of the city.
At a time when Global environmental concerns challenge the way in which we live and work, we place social, environmental and technical concerns, and the conviction that the quality of our surroundings cannot be dissociated from the quality of life, at the heart of our design philosophy.
ABK Architects have been at the forefront of energy conscious design for over twenty five years. We promote technical innovation through research in all our projects, making ABK Architects one of the leading exponents of environmental and sustainable design.
Our specialist knowledge in this field is built upon accumulated techniques and technologies developed, tested and proven in numerous successful projects.
Awards for recent buildings include Cork Civic Offices: RIAI Best Sustainable Project, LAMA Best EcoFriendly Building; John Wheatley College: BREEAM Excellent, GIA Design Award for Sustainability; Offaly County Council Civic Offices: RIAI Best Sustainable Project, An Taisce Best Designed Sustainable Building, Department of Environment Best Sustainable Building
We are skilled in the care, repair and reuse of historic buildings and protected structures. We are often involved in the incorporation of these buildings into new works of architecture.
It is often through the sensitive conservation and remodelling that new life can be given to previously redundant structures. At the National Museum of Ireland at Kildare Street, Dublin, we are involved in the development control plan for the whole building as well as incorporation of universal access and fire strategies.
Other projects include Kilmallock Workhouse, Dublin Dental Hospital, Waterford Granary and Visitor Centre.