The design for the proposed new decentralised office of the PRA is derived from the desire to create a building that reflects the presence of an arm of central government within Roscommon and that imparts a strong positive image within the community. An equilateral triangle provides the footprint for the building and simultaneously acts as a generator for the three dimensional form it occupies while dynamically reaching out to the architectural heritage of Roscommon town. The building axis lies on the visual ley lines to Roscommon Abbey and the towering Church of the Sacred Heart spire, which dominates the town’s skyline.
A triangle, a pure form in Euclidean geometry (circa 300BC) acts as a benchmark for the new offices. Its association with reference points and surveying, as in triangulation points, makes it an apt form for a building associated with maps and related legal documents.
The configuration of the building creates a bold form and marks an attractive skyline when viewed from Golf Links Road. The purity of the building form is interrupted by a sloping roof which highlights the main entrance by reducing the building height to a humane scale.
Design and Build Competition, Second Place 2008