Balancing Heritage and Sustainability in the Retrofit of Curtainwalls - Open House Dublin 2022
Talks & Debates

Balancing Heritage and Sustainability in the Retrofit of Curtainwalls

Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, Merrion Square South, Dublin 2
2pm – 4.30pm
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Double skin of Dusseldorf skyscraper with some windows open Sunbreaks on curtain wall high-rise Curtain wall high-rise under renovation

Little represented the new in the postwar European cityscape better than the curtain wall high-rise, yet few buildings were designed with so little attention to energy use. When should these facades be retained and when should their renovation take heritage issues into consideration? Examples from Brussels, Cork, Dusseldorf, Paris, and Stockholm suggest the range of approaches that could be taken to Dublin’s buildings of this type, ranging from the meticulous recreation of the original in ways that nonetheless substantially reduces energy usage to the creative design of new treatments that offer entirely up-to-date alternatives to their original appearance. The event will be introduced by State Architecture Ciaran O’Connor (OPW). Speakers will include Biswajit Basu (Trinity), Saravanan Gurusamy (Trinity), Kathleen James-Chakraborty (UD), Gráinne Shaffrey (Shaffrey Architects), and Zhengfeng Wang (UCD). The event will present research funded by a Coalesce Grant from the Irish Research Council.


Accessibility Information

The lecture theatre is at the basement level of the building which is also where the toilets are located. There is a flight of stairs leading from the street down to the basement, which can also be accessed by a flight up to the entrance of the building and back down again on the inside.


Photography Credit
© Zhengfeng Wang

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