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"Well designed places, well designed homes, well designed public domains create value, respect, empathy between people."*

Dublin City Council is committed to using design to improve the attractiveness, liveability and sustainability of our built environment in its roles as planning authority, manager of public spaces and buildings and through its own construction projects.

Dublin City Architects is responsible for promoting design and providing architectural, urban and conservation design services to Dublin City Council. In doing this, we will:

  • Aim for Dublin’s citizens to enjoy the highest quality built environment; one that is clear, generous, appropriately scaled, positive to context, well made and which promotes access and inclusion.
  • Work to achieve excellence in the ordinary.
  • Consider places before buildings so that new developments contribute positively to public spaces.
  • Learn from the past in creating architecture that matches the quality and longevity of earlier periods.
  • Facilitate architecture that is contemporary, performs to the highest environmental standards, addresses climate change and is culturally cosmopolitan.

Blog Posts

21.09.2012Energy Efficiency at the Mansion House

Waterford Glass Chandelier in the Oak Room

Recently the ground floor reception rooms and the Lord Mayor’s apartment at the Mansion House have been re-lamped with LED bulbs – one of a number of energy saving measures completed at the house over the past 12 months, initiated by City Architects and supported by SEAI

It has been challenging trying to source a suitable range of LED replacement bulbs to suit all the different types of historic light fittings and chandeliers that exist in the house which range from brass pendant and wall-mounted candelabra fittings from c.1910 to the Waterford Glass chandeliers in the Oak Room (illustrated above). These chandeliers had previously been fitted with 40W incandescent candle bulbs and it proved difficult to find LED replacements of a similar size, shape and appearance that could provide a comparative lumen output. Fortunately the LED market in this specialist area is developing very quickly and we are grateful to Engineering Environments, O’Kane Engineering Ltd., B Green, and Neil McCabe for their technical guidance and persistence in working with us to meet this challenging brief.

Example of LED bulb used:

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