The Knockbreda Centre

by Penoyre & Prasad with TODD Architects

This building is an impressive example of a new breed of so-called polyclinics. Walking around, one is struck its calmness and serenity. Natural daylight filters through the soft organic curves of the atrium roof and bathes the focal space below. This, combined with the long views across the balconies create an uplifting experience in the main waiting areas. The design does not patronise nor does it alienate with an uncompromising corporate vision.  Although it is early days for this building-type the Knockbreda Centre feels like the culmination of a good deal of refining, careful consultation and planning to integrate a diverse and conflicting brief to produce a welcoming place within the community. There is a clarity about the plan making it instantly user-friendly.