Bar Library

Belfast, Northern Ireland

Highly Commended in the Interiors & New Build Traditional Categories (Natural Stone Awards 2004)
Robinson McIIwaine
The Bar Council
Main Contractor:
Gilbert Ash Northern Ireland
Completion Date:
Portland Stone:
Bowers Basebed, Bowers Whitbed, Bowers Roach & Portland Blue
Scope of Project:
Traditional Cladding, Internal Flooring and Decorative Stonework

This is a new development on the site of the old Variety Market of Belfast, Northern Ireland. The selection of stone was made simple by the desire to pay respect to the adjacent Royal Courts of Justice. 

Adapting the scale and proportions of the adjacent building, the new Bar Library Headquarters exterior uses contrasting planes of Portland stone (Basebed, Whitbed and Roach),blue engineering brick, and glass to create an abstract formation that complements and contrasts with its neighbouring building.

The interior was treated as an extension of the exterior with the planes of Portland limestone returning into the building where possible, forming an illusion that the building was created from a series of boxes. Polished Portland Blue was used for the floors.