NEW FRAMELESS GLAZED FORECOURT ENCLOSURES
Timeline to becoming nominated
as a 2020 ICE Finalist
In 2014 Aidan Boyle of Weslin Construction entered in to discussions with ICCI for the proposed redevelopment of courtyard open space at the Mosque Clonskeagh. The project posed a number of challenges in dealing with the most effective use of space, recognition, form and function.
The design requirements were to unobtrusively provide a concept that delivered functional use of open courtyard space with low impact to the buildings heritage and form. Previous designs before Weslin’s appointment had in some respects onerously encroached on the buildings historical design and had departed from the planned budget .
Weslin and their design team believed that by enclosing each courtyard with a low-lying, lightweight glazed structure in a way that involves minimal visual impact, the interventions would respect the fabric of the existing building, remain unobtrusive and remain subservient to the central dome that rightly dominates the building.
Expressed as a simple, frameless plane of glass that sits a metre or so above the existing parapet line which slopes back to deposit rainwater onto the existing roof, the roof plane becomes the dominant feature of the design. The glass is held on stainless steel “spider” fixings supported by a lightweight frameless glass superstructure.