- Location: Dublin, Ireland
- Client: Michael McNamara & Company
- Architecture: Scott Tallon Walker Architects
- Services provided by WIEHAG:
- 11 "banana" trusses
- 10 frame girders
- Total of 103 m³ glued laminated timber (larch)
- Photographs: Donal Murphy Photography
A new mixed-use district is currently being built on a 120,000 m² section of the Dublin Docklands as part of the "Point Village" urban development project. It is a three-year project that will cost over € 450 million.
The plan was drafted around the new Point Village centre called "Point Square" and includes a shopping centre with 27,000 m² of retail space, a convention centre with numerous cafés and bars, a theatre, a multiplex cinema as well as 10,000 m² of office space.
The complex also includes a new 4-star hotel from the Choice Hotels Group - Scott Tallon Walker Architects designed the hotel's spectacular glass façade, which was built and assembled by Permasteelisa, the global façade specialists from Italy.
The double curved hybrid façade, designed as a light-filled foyer of the hotel, is 23 m high and supported by eleven radially arranged glued laminated timber support columns made of European larch. The detail solutions and exceptional payloads were a particular challenge for WIEHAG engineers: The weight of the glass façade, the ceiling loads and the escalator are all supported by the glued laminated timber bearing system. All steel components needed for the glass façade were included in the WIEHAG package – due to the marine environment, all of the outer steel parts are stainless steel. The bearing system only took two weeks to assemble; the hotel opened in July 2010.