The Galway Mayo Institute of Technology, established in 1972, was renewed to a 10.000 m² landmark building which now is comprising of library/IT Department, auditoria, lecture rooms, entrance foyer and directorate.
When facades set sail - the Galway Mayo Institute of Technology.
A fresh breeze for innovative light and noise insulation.
GIG on course for success. - The structural glazing facade.
The sail-like facades that GIG has run up in Ireland can be seen from a distance and serve as a symbol for new light and noise insulation technology. The structural glazing facade of the Galway Mayo Institute of Technology not only impresses due to its singular appearance, but also offers the owners one outstanding advantage. The copper-clad "sails" protruding at angles from the building allow light to penetrate deeply inside, while simultaneously providing protection against direct sunlight. In addition the shape of the sails also serves to provide effective noise protection. The intriguing appearance of the building is enhanced by strip windows, which are sited at the transitional points between the copper shields. Four geometrically complex skylights, supported by vertical glass panes, form the roof edge. Thus from an architectural and technical standpoint, with its innovative glass and stainless steel structure, the Galway Mayo Institute can truly be said to be a blue ribbon project.
JJ Rhatigan & Company Limited
Murray O'Laoire Architects Ltd
Opus Building Award 2003 - Irish Award