One of Dublin’s prime examples of Post-Modernism, built in the context of a derelict and decaying Smithfield. The facade was composed for legibility, drawing on the classical idiom and emphasising the building’s public nature, with a pair of benches marking the entrance. The challenging brief included complex circulation requirements for the function of the court and its participants. Tuomey expressed an aspiration to create a building "with some lightness, to lift the weight of oppression off the individual, no matter how hardened he may be.”
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Architect: John Tuomey & OPW Building Date: 1987 Location: Smithfield, Dublin 7