Scheme name: Public Records Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI)
Practice: Todd Architects
Client: Titanic Quarter Ltd
Photographer: Chris Hill
This concrete citadel is a repository of history and 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.
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.