Skibbereen

Commercial, Public

Arts Center with natural lighting and ventilation

This is our entry into the competition to design the West Cork Art Center. The intention is to build a low energy environmentally responsible building. The gallery, work spaces and dance studios are to be naturally lit. The center will take advantage of the sun to heat the building by passive solar gain. This will be achieved through the inclined glazed funnels at roof level, the polycarbonate skin at first floor level and large glazed screens at ground floor level. The dance studios are elevated to announce the arts programme of the building to the public. A new bridge creates a new pedestrian route though the site and helps to link the Art Center with the town.

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