Arklow Library and Municipal Offices

The Civic Library and Municipal Offices building is located on the main street in Arklow Town and represents a welcome addition to the urban townscape.

Located on a narrow, steeply sloping site, the contours facilitated the development of a split-level solution to the clients brief, with an entrance to the public library at the lower level to the north, accessed from the main street and entry to the Municipal Offices from the upper level to the south, via a small, landscaped civic plaza.

Internally, children’s areas, book stacks, reading rooms, IT zones and offices/meeting rooms are interlinked vertically through a series of voids allowing daylight to penetrate into the heart of the building and visual connectivity between the floors.


Commercial & Interiors


Wicklow County Council


Lead Consultancy and Full Architectural Design Service




Completed 2015

Project Overview

A simple and robust palette of external materials was selected, pre-coated seamed metal cladding at hight level, harking back to the boat-building history of the town, and Irish Limestone at lower levels reflecting the civic nature of the building.

Building height and massing was carefully considered in response to the neighbouring/adjacent buildings to ensure an appropriate scale and form.  Window openings at ground floor are designed to add life to the main street and showcase the internal functions and activities to passing pedestrians – the book collection, reading areas and children’s zone/story-telling space.

At roof level a terrace has been provided overlooking Arklow harbour, creating another connection between the building and surrounding context.  The building has been designed to meet the latest standards in relation to environmental performance.  The library space is fully naturally ventilated, with sensor controlled roof lights and windows.

Internally a high quality palette of materials & finishes have been adopted – exposed concrete / painted walls, oak panelling and fitted furniture, with parquet floors to the amin library space – the books and loose furniture provide the accent colours.