Fingal County Hall - Open House Dublin 2023
Building Tour

Fingal County Hall

Bucholz McEvoy Architects with Building Design Partnership
Fingal County Council, Main Street, Townparks, Swords, County Dublin
Tour Dates & Times
  • Saturday 15 October:
  • 10am – 10.30am |
  • 10.45am – 11.15am |
  • 11.30am – 12pm |
  • 12.30pm – 1pm
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Atrium entrance space with curved structural glass High level view of Council Chamber with long circular tables

1996 architectural design competition-winning entry by Bucholz McEvoy Architects in association with the Dublin office of BDP completed in 2000. The innovative building heralded many new Council headquarters building around the country and incorporated many innovative sustainable features which remain very relevant to this day.

Fingal County Hall is an open and transparent expression of local government, providing a sustainable, low-energy working environment for Council employees.
An existing crescent of tall Holm Oak trees and a 150-year-old Himalayan Cedar along the western edge of the site were integrated into our design and helped to establish a civic scale befitting that of a County Hall. The trees together with the building give form to a new civic space, the ‘public foyer’ of the County Hall which is part internal, part external.
Visitors arrive in a ‘piazza’ colonnaded with the trunks of Holm Oaks and roofed with their foliage. The five-storey high atrium, defining the edge of the space is the meeting point of public and private, a ‘vertical main street’, extending in an open gesture towards the community.
Overtime the building has evolved to meet changing departmental requirements and changes to local government structures including an increase in staff and councillors.
Current planning proposals for new Swords Cultural Centre by O’Donnell & Tuomey on neighbouring site including changes to forecourt of County Hall will form part of exhibition.

Accessibility Information

Building has level access, tour will generally be at ground level with lift access to upper level

Wheelchair accessible, Accessible Toilets, Assistance Dogs welcome

Photography Credit
© Donal Murphy Photography & Mark Reddy




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