Thirteen 40-tonne concrete rafters constructed in were each brought on site in a single night. As the rock was being removed, the embankment supporting Haigh Terrace and the Royal Marine Hotel had to be reinforced. During design stage, the temporary stability of the building during construction was considered. The Building — Construction Issues The building itself is a concrete frame clad with granite and brick. It will be held on the 26th October 2018, in The Studio at dlr LexIcon, Dun Laoghaire. The site prior to construction The site was an old quarry, an area of which subsequently became a reservoir providing fresh water to the ships that came to Dún Laoghaire harbour. The Lexicon is entered on two levels.
The old park was dysfunctional, the abrupt changes in level and the walled-in reservoir reinforced the disconnection between the commercial precinct of the town and the harbour. The façade along Haigh Terrace is composed of red brick set within bands of stone, again similar to Victorian buildings in the town including the Carnegie Library. The pedestrian path around the pond continues to a stone paved forecourt at the library entrance; this is enclosed in turn by the Mariners Church, which overlooks the entrance forecourt. The task was further complicated by the wind gusts off the harbour and also one landing wall was straight and the other one was at an angle. With 80,000 items in the adult and junior libraries, 60+ computers, 100 study spaces and a floor dedicated to Local Studies, there is plenty to discover at dlr LexIcon.
The foundations were relatively straightforward due to the building being founded on granite. Brambles Café is situated on the Moran Park Level 1. The four-storey structure was built into the existing slope creating two ground floor areas and a pair of quieter upper levels that offer a mixture of both social and intimate spaces. The Maritime Museum is a protected structure that also required vibration monitoring. The building is wedged in to a granite escarpment and directly relates to the two levels of the park. A Brambles Café concession on the lower level opens onto a terrace in Moran Park. Please note that the LexIcon does not open at bank holiday weekends.
Finally, there was a bowling green and clubhouse, which were relocated to a new site, with new facilities in Eglington Road, Dún Laoghaire. Rock being broken out on site Overnight, there was a partial collapse of the embankment. It transpired that one of the soil nails had hit a post of the boundary fence and had not penetrated the embankment fully. The Central Library represents the biggest single investment by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council in a civic amenity. The Studio is a versatile space and perfect for conferences up to 125 delegates. Purposefully designed to achieve high standards of environmental sustainability, passive solar gain is used to the full, while a series of internal shaft, arranged along the spine of the building create natural ventilation and heat recovery at their point of discharge.
The close proximity to major public transport routes has been factored in to the required number of parking spaces. The tapering roof above, cut with large precast beams and skylights rises gradually up to make the tall slender portico looking out to sea. The site consists of a flat portion and a portion of steeply-sloped, rocky incline running parallel to Haigh Terrace. In total, approximately 13,500m3 of rock was removed from site. Nine wind cowls provide ventilation from a passive system that uses the wind and the stack effect to generate fresh air and extract stale air to and from every room in the building. Next, the green sludge that was the existing pond was pumped into a holding reservoir to try to dry it out.
We also provided , incorporating innovative features on its construction, ventilation and energy conservation. The site chosen was Moran Park, a partially derelict with , running perpendicular to the coastline down an. The heating of the building will be from both gas-fired and biomass fired boilers. In the event of fire, a message is sent to the fire alarm for very early fire detection. The existing pond had to be removed and rebuilt close to its original location.
Behind the public spaces there is the working section of the library including workrooms, archives and kitchens. There are large open spaces, smaller reading rooms, meeting rooms, an art gallery and workshop, and a performance space and auditorium. Tangent 28 will bring together students from across Trinity with staff and community partners to explore innovation and entrepreneurial thinking and ideas. The building is lower at the end of Moran Park, so as not to compete with the Royal Marine Hotel. Finally, the design of the beams meant that the weight of each beam was not central and they had a tendency to tip forward. The specification for the stone was very tight, with rigorous limits on colour, markings and inclusions.
The wood burning boiler has a very high heat efficiency with a short payback period and provides green energy to the building. There is a connection to the Royal Marine garden green space, with plenty of seating areas. Energy and Ventilation V beams being fitted with hardwood cladding Primary energy for the building is provided from renewable sources, where possible. Along Haigh Terrace is a regular sequence of intimate scaled rooms, workshops, meeting space and reading rooms, with windows that address the street. It stated: The need for specialised and centralised services in a setting will be promoted through the development of a Europe of the Regions Centre of Literature and Culture, which will be both a local and European focal point for literature, culture, and related co-operative activity. The building re-interprets the traditional idea of a library by delivering a cultural, modern building that encourages social and community interaction as rigorously as it facilitates enquiry and learning.
The seaward end of the building tapers up and in, to form a grand window overlooking the harbour and beyond to the Irish Sea. The modern library is truly the last bastion of public space. On the lower level the park edge of the building is lined with public rooms: A 100 seat theatre, café and a grand stairs that ascends to the library above. Two 350T cranes were used in a tandem lift to position the beams into place. Dublin on Wednesday 18th November 2009 4.