The site is located on a high profile site along the banks of the River Liffey. Recognizing the importance of natural light and the working environment, the building incorporates a centrally placed circular atrium, which rises through the building and extends as a glazed cylinder to the skyline. The cylinder’s tilted glass roof sloping towards the north-west again emphasizes the diagonal axial concept, and maximizes the provision of glare-free light within the building.
The highly glazed twin-wall façade allows maximum natural light into the generous work areas. This “˜smart -skin’ responds automatically to changes in imposed thermal loads providing thermal protection and solar control, helping the building cope with Ireland’s ever changing weather and light conditions. This façade automation, together with the building’s sophisticated mechanical systems, reduces raw energy demand and creates a consistently comfortable and regulated working environment ensuring that the building is a show case for sustainable design in Ireland.