De Siún Scullion Architects
1889 – Nos. 16-17 Suffolk Street, Dublin
2015 – 5CUBE Energy Pavilion, Hanover Quay, Dublin
Architect: De Siún Scullion Architects
The result of a competition run by ACE For Energy – an EU-funded body promoting the uptake of renewable energy. Measuring 4.2 metres cubed, the volume represents the 473 barrels of oil consumed in Ireland every five minutes. The pavilion is finished in panels of glossy black toughened glass symbolising oil.
The 50-centimetre-high horizontal strip on the eastern face represents the amount of naturally sourced energy that is currently used by the country. On the opposite side, a much thicker section depicts the government’s renewable energy target for 2020.