Beaufort Maritime and Energy Research Laboratory Ringaskiddy Co. Cork

The Beaufort Maritime and Energy Research Laboratory on Cork Harbour makes an L-shaped form with a tall research block and entrance stacked to the sea and a large hall with testing facilities behind it. Its form is driven by the size and relationship of the four tanks, used alternately still or agitated, with paddle mechanisms and profiled floorplates to simulate wave action, coastal erosion, ocean floor modelling. 

The tank hall roof - supported by 45m long trusses - is geometrically resolved in folded triangulated planes; tension between the folded form and the captured volumes beneath present an oscillating rhythm which intersects the serrated edges of the plan in a range of relationships. Light is reflected up and refracted down. 

Conceived as a stone outcrop subject to the action of weather, the overall form and surface are deeply indented, a space beside wild water containing water. The research tower is deeply cut on the north and east facades, analogous to the action of wind and water on driftwood, generating a series of indented planes on the elevation to the sea.