Dunshaughlin Civic Offices
Grafton Architects, Ireland, 2001
The stone floor picks up the movement of the public road and leads to the building's entrance, as if inviting people to come in. The architects note that "Precedents exist not only in this territory but also in the tradition of many small-scale but very beautiful civic structures in Irish towns, like courthouses, libraries and small churches that manage to assert a civic presence as the product not of size but of poise, grace and dignity. The Dunshaughlin project seeks to be part of this family of civic buildings."