“ . . . very interesting the way they handled the mechanical system . . . this entry was a learning experience . . . thermal sweater zone helps buffer the energy . . . louvers on the corner are elegant . . . ”
The BRB was designed and constructed during the depths of the Irish economic collapse when austerity measures were in place and, therefore, it had to be designed and built as inexpensively as possible and, more importantly, it had to look like nothing was excessive; nothing was wasted. The building establishes a new University paradigm for building performance and energy conservation. The BRB was conceived as one of three research projects by NUI Galway (called the research bundle) at the outset of the recession to implement a “smart economy” philosophy. The intention was to invest in facilities which would have synergies with local industry to create the potential for new employment. The university has integral links with the city and region and indeed its influence on major research now spans national and international frontiers. The BRB provides space that enables interdisciplinary research activities, sharing of scientific core facilities, and an open and inviting environment for faculty, students, and industry to work.
Payette; Reddy Architecture + Urbanism; Barrett Mahony Consulting Engineers; Homan O’Brien; Mitchell + Associates; J.J. Rhatigan & Co.