façades and load-bearing structures

elm park

Elm Park, with its exclusive sport and golf club, is situated in Dublin 4, in the centre of the Irish capital’s most prestigious residential area. On the 6ha green area in the middle of the park, Bucholz McEvoy Architects (Dublin) built unique office, residential and leisure facilities. The complex is near to a business district and the International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) and includes offices, apartments, a hospital with an adjoining hotel, a helipad as well as meeting and conference rooms. The basic architecture of the elongated buildings is designed to utilise natural air ventilation and the warmth from the sun on a double-leaf façade. Many of the façades in the complex are made of pre-fabricated element façades. seele was commissioned to plan and design the double façades, the free-standing glass roofs as well as the winter gardens.

  • The extensive double façades on the west side combine architecture and functionality and feature an excellent combination of wooden supports, steel structures, aluminium profiles and colourful glazing as well as wooden panelling. The façade juts out over the building’s roof. The floors are cross-ventilated thanks to ventilation wings on the rear side of the façade overhang. The wings are turned against the wind, and the onshore wind that frequently blows from the west produces a strong undercurrent that sucks in the cooler air in front of the east façade. The stream of air is effectively supported as soon as the air in the double façade warms up and the temperature rises. The double façade on the winter gardens runs further along into a roof area. The load of the roof construction is supported by a horizontal, 30m long wood-glue binder with specially designed steel supports. From a technical and logistical viewpoint, an area of 36,000sqm of high-grade and highly complex façade and support constructions, spread over three building complexes, was a very appealing project for seele to undertake.


Client Radora Developments Limited
Main contractor Michael McNamaea & Sons Building Contractors
Architect Bucholz McEvoy Architects
Engineer RFR Paris
Date of completion 2007
Scope of seele supply

36.000sqm high-grade and highly complex façades and support constructions, spread over three building complexes