Project: National Forensic Mental Hospital
Award: Colour in Architecture, Bronze, 2022
Location: Dublin, Ireland
Architect: Scott Tallon Walker Architects in association with Medical Architecture
Client: Health Service Executive Estates
Designed to provide a safe, secure and healing environment that contributes to patient`s recovery, the National Forensic Mental Hospital building has been sensitively built to make the most of its mature woodland setting and coastal views. A series of single storey pavilion buildings are set around a ‘Village Green’ with peaceful gardens for patients to relax in and take part in therapeutic activities. Intuitive wayfinding is achieved through a site-wide narrative of colour, art, and landscaping. At night, illuminated coloured glazed entrances act as beacons in the woodland setting.
Generous full height glazing along corridors offers contemplative views over the gardens and maximises daylight. Tall, wide spaces are created in central areas to provide a sense of calm. Coloured glass at the entrance is used as an art feature which is complemented by the palette of colours within the landscaping.
LEAD ARCHITECTS: Kevin Bates, Karl Burton
CONTRACTOR: JJ Rhatigan