I had a look at the winning design and the other entries this weekend, High quality architectre proposals all roud. A difficult job for the judges. The winner was Nord Architecture. Quite a win given that this was an open international design competition. The new headquarters building for Wexford County Council is going to be an excellent building.
The Scottish firm beat 93 rival entries with a scheme designed around an internal “street”, integrating local materials and a sustainable environmental strategy.
The approach to the building features areas of soft landscaping dedicated to local plants, while the hard surfaces of the generous forecourt are formed from smooth cut slabs of stone from the region.
The building itself is planned as an internal “townscape” around a public internal street, along which all council departments can be accessed via the main entrance.
Each department is an individual block and in between blocks, landscaped courtyards bring in natural light, all under a glazed skin.