Images

Images

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Entrance

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New Shelving

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Spacious Interior

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Natural Ventilation

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Modern Interior

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Split level interior

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Work Stations

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Interior

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Natural Lighting

Description

Description

Tory Top Library is a single-storey purpose-built library very much set in nature; its flexible and modern interior providing spaces for different user groups. Entrance to the library is on Tory Top Rd, next to a mature cherry tree and the library also fronts onto Lower Friars Rd.

From the entrance, the building opens up to the east adult area and west childrens area; different areas are articulated by small changes in levels following the contours of the site.

The library wraps around an enclosed garden on the south; adult area on one side, space for reference , study and quiet activities on another, staff areas on the third. The wall closing off the garden offers views southward to the hills beyond Cork.

The building is heated using a geo-thermal system with pipes taking water from 30 metres underground. There is maximum natural light and natural ventilation of the space and the building was designed to the CIBSE 1997 guide to natural ventilation principles.

Awards

Tory Top Library was selected for the longlist of the Public Library Building Awards, UK and the Republic of Ireland, 2007.

The Building

The Building

Type of library

Medium sized town library

Size

695 m2

Floors

1

Architect

Tom O'Donnell

Building contractor

-

The Space

The Space

Features and services

Special services

Baby changing facilities, Exhibition/display areas

External features

-

Internal features

-

Energy efficiency

Heating

Accessibility provision

Access to building, Access within building, Assistive technology, Parking, Signage / guiding

Interior designer

-

Furniture suppliers

Choice Office Interiors, Demco Interiors

Services and facilities suppliers

3M

IT provision

Internet access, Public access terminals, Number of public computer terminals: 17

Seats/study places

20

Stock

45,345