Declan Scullion Architects | Dublin
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5CUBE

The 5CUBE was won by Scullion Architects in open competition seeking proposals to draw public attention to renewable energy sources. The concept behind the pavilion was to develop an easily replicable symbol of consumption, which could be scaled up or down, and would confront the public with the current rate of fossil fuel depletion. It represents the 473 barrels of oil consumed in Ireland every five minutes in the form of a 4.2m black glass cube. Inside the cube, mirrors form an internal view of giant celestial globe on one side and an infinite repeating sky on the other. Internal LED lights are charged by PV panels, giving a gentle internal glow, reflected by the internal mirrors by night. The pavilion is designed to be easily dismantled and is ballasted to its temporary location by several sand-filled boxes, so it might appear overnight in different locations - a surreal and silent monolith

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 Inside the cube a giant periscope provides a view of an infinitely repeating sky

Inside the cube a giant periscope provides a view of an infinitely repeating sky

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 Looking into the cube on the opposite side reveals a giant globe formed by an internal mirrored kaleidoscope

Looking into the cube on the opposite side reveals a giant globe formed by an internal mirrored kaleidoscope

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 Awarded RIAI Best Cultural Building 2016

Awarded RIAI Best Cultural Building 2016

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