Beaufort Maritime and Energy Research Laboratory in Cork

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Beaufort Maritime and Energy Research Laboratory in Cork

Ringaskiddy Institutional and Landscape Architecture Project, Ireland – design by McCullough Mulvin Architects

29 Dec 2017

Beaufort Maritime and Energy Research Laboratory

Design: McCullough Mulvin Architects

Location: Ringaskiddy, Cork, Ireland

Beaufort Maritime and Energy Research Laboratory

Beaufort Maritime and Energy Research Laboratory
photo © Christian Richters

The project – a Maritime Energy Research and National Ocean Testing Facility – located beside the Lower Harbour in Cork, Ireland, involves a tall element housing research spaces and a lower tank hall containing testing facilities. Conceived as a stone outcrop on the edge of the water, subject to the action of wind and sea, the plan form is driven by the size and relationship of the four testing tanks, used alternately still or agitated with paddle mechanisms and profiled floorplates to simulate wave action, coastal erosion, ocean floor modelling. 

Beaufort Maritime and Energy Research Laboratory

Beaufort Maritime and Energy Research Laboratory
photos © Christian Richters

A large volume, long span space is required to facilitate a slow balletic movement of heavy lifting gantry cranes, instrument bridges, access gangways, suspended camera equipment, people and forklifts moving independently over each other and travelling along and across each tank – thus a series of 45m long trusses swing across the volume supporting a folded roof.
 
Beaufort Maritime and Energy Research Laboratory
photo © Magnaparte

Beaufort Maritime and Energy Research Laboratory
photo © Christian Richters

Workshops cluster along the east side of the tank hall, indented for natural ventilation like gills of a fish or barnacles on a rock outcrop, while larger indents give access for deliveries (east) and people (west). Research spaces are stacked to the sea, open to light and views northwards.
 
Beaufort Maritime and Energy Research Laboratory
photo © Magnaparte

Continuing the indented nature of this addition on the edge of the Harbour, surfaces of the research tower are eroded deeply on north and east facades, analogous to the action of wind and water on driftwood, generating a series of indented planes on the elevation to the sea for windows and balconies.
 
Beaufort Maritime and Energy Research Laboratory
photo © Christian Richters

The roof is geometrically resolved as a series of mathematically generated planes triangulated into different slopes, reflecting the Z-shaped swing of the trusses over the tanks mapped onto the fixed points of the workshops. Tension between the folded form above and the captured volumes beneath present an oscillating rhythm, which intersects the serrated edges of the plan in a range of relationships.

Beaufort Maritime and Energy Research Laboratory
photo © Christian Richters

Beaufort Maritime and Energy Research Laboratory
photo © Ros Kavanagh

Beaufort Maritime and Energy Research Laboratory in Cork – Building Information

Type: Energy Research Laboratory
Location: Lower Harbour, Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork
Budget: €11.2 million
Project end date: June 2015
Area: 5,350 sqm
Client: University College Cork
Architects/ Designers: McCullough Mulvin Architects
Project manager: Valerie Mulvin
Collaborators: JJ Rhattigan & Co. – Main Contractor

Beaufort Maritime and Energy Research Laboratory
photo © Magnaparte

Beaufort Maritime and Energy Research Laboratory
photo © Christian Richters

Photographer: Christian Richters, Ros Kavanagh and Magnaparte

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