Irish Aviation Authority
This Dublin Airport control tower is Ireland’s tallest occupied building. It combines an efficient operational building with an elegant form.
With the Visual Control Room (VCR) located at 80m above ground level, innovative solutions for the structure, foundations and façade were required to deliver the necessary comfort criteria. Following comprehensive testing and simulations the reinforced concrete stem of the tower and the cab steel frame structure were designed and constructed to ensure that the building can operate in even the most inclement weather conditions.
Early-stage structural modelling of the tower, combined with a detailed wind tunnel assessment, informed the damping required to control sway motion. Two tuned mass dampers (TMDs), weighing a combined total of 70 tonnes, were introduced below the cab structure to control lateral accelerations to within acceptable limits.
A coherent engineering story, elegant, efficient and purposeful.