Kilkenny Library

Kilkenny County Council offices are located in a tall, 18th century building opening onto a parkland to the rere of John Street in Kilkenny City. The proposal locates a new library and library headquarters in a series of retained houses on John Street and in a new three-storey building occupying the closely-built space between street and offices, making a suitable forecourt between County Hall and City. 

The older buildings were refurbished and opened to the street. The new fabric, L-shaped, was formed as an extruded block of masonry, a screen of Kilkenny limestone panels with recessed glazing. As it was to be built up against an old boundary wall, internal set-backs were provided at the upper floor to allow light to penetrate the plan. The block was further cut by a series of atria and roof-lights which articulated the internal functions. 

The project is intended as an autonomous work, a quiet but richly detailed piece of city. The library plan supported new public circulation routes through the urban block.