The €15.7m Bord Gais Networks, at St Margaret's Road, Finglas, Dublin 11, which was designed by Denis Byrne Architects, won the prize for best commercial and most sustainable building in the recent RIAI Irish Architecture Awards 2013.
In their citation, the judges remarked:
A silver mesh skin tightly wraps a compact pattern of courtyards and high, bright workspaces. Inside, a complex range of administration, communications and craft-training spaces achieve coherence through rigorous control of materials, volume and passive environmental design.
A central promenade through the building encourages legibility and interaction culminating in the memorable roof garden and iconic renewable-energy tower in its generous integration of different types of work, this building achieves a rare and enviable democracy."
The UCD Student Centre UCD, was voted the people's choice and many of those who voted were students who have enjoyed using the building which has been described as the university's epicentre of sport, social and academic life.
It opened last June and was the first project on the campus to be funded entirely by students. It was designed by Fitzgerald Kavanagh.
Educational and cultural buildings dominated the awards among them Ballyroan Library, Co Dublin, designed by Box Architecture, for best public building; Luan Gallery in Athlone, by Keith Williams Architects, for best cultural building and Presentation College Bray, Co Wicklow, by Paul Keogh Architects, for best educational building.