Medico Legal Centre

A new Dublin City Morgue is built near the Casino in Marino, a tiny and delicate Portland stone pavilion in a damaged 18th century landscape. Located on the site of another (vanished) pavilion in the same scheme - the Gothic Room - the new building re-imagines the implicit relationship, becoming another stone pavilion, now within a walled garden which encloses its most private functions, from arrival of a hearse to the private grieving of a relative in a garden. 

Internally, the simple plan is programmatically marked off into medical boxes of paired, roof-lit autopsy rooms and ancillary functional spaces, with laboratories, offices and record holdings (forensic cases) around a courtyard. Externally, the building is a cube of Portland stone, eroded, cut into - a monument made frail by weather, by the knowledge of mortality, the incision of light in a roof garden mimicking the pathologist's blade. At ground level, the incisions continue into a garden - a place of stillness and sadness, reminiscent of graves, a calm sinking back into earth for those who have died tragically. 

The depressions or eruptions of the ground plane are still water pools, lush planting, stone seats. The building was started on site in 2011 and was half finished when the contractor went into liquidation. Now it awaits completion, a huge basement and skeletal rising walls, a building about death that came to understand its own.