Central Pier Galway Harbour

2009, Galway, Ireland

The site location on Central Pier allied with the historic marine heritage of Galway harbour justifies a building that is an iconic landmark and a focal point for visitors and local people.

The need to respond creatively to the place and its marine heritage encourages response to context as a key design generator.

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The proposal adapts the existing dimensions of the existing quay as governing rules for the building’s form, and therefore reinforces the function of the quay as a berthing place for boats. It was important that access to all edges of the dock was maintained for marine activity and for casual visitors and spectators.