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Public Record Office of Northern Ireland : PRONI Building

Belfast Development – design by TODD Architects

25 Jun 2012

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland

Design: TODD Architects, Belfast

Location: Belfast

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, PRONI Building
photo from RIBA

RIBA Awards 2012 Citation:

This is a civic building with a public face and a clear and direct internal organisation that relays the narrative of the past and the security in which it is being preserved for the future. The records are held within a concrete citadel that is wrapped by well day-lit spaces containing the reading rooms and circulation. The repository of history is clearly but unobtrusively organised in its functions of collection, preservation, storage and access. The abundance of natural light and the calm, polished feel of the interior lend it an inviting yet hushed air. Some buildings contain art, others incorporate art.

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photos from RIBA

PRONI’s ambitious new building integrates art both externally and internally in a quiet way that serves the building’s function as a repository of memories. Not only is the building emphatically sustainable environmentally but it also treats this approach as a given by prioritising the quality of use, space and light. It suggests that the days of conflict between architectural quality and environmental sustainability are well behind us.

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland – Building Information

Title: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) Belfast
Architect: Todd Architects
Client: Titanic Quarter Ltd
Contractor: Harcourt Construction (NI) Ltd
Structural Engineer: RPS Consulting Engineers, Belfast
Services Engineer: Delap & Waller

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland images / information from RIBA

Location: Belfast, Northern Ireland

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