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Winner of Imagine Energy Competition Announced

21st April, 2013

The Lord Mayor of Dublin Naoise Ó Muirí announced the winner of the Imagine Energy Design Competition at the launch of the exhibition of entries in the Atrium of the Civic Offices at Wood Quay. The winning design was created by Declan Scullion, an architect from Co Tyrone. The Smart Energy Feature seeks to engage citizens on the benefits of renewable energy. The mysterious polished black cube will draw the passer-by into an interactive exhibition providing information on renewable energy in Ireland and elsewhere in Europe. The volume of the cube represents 10minutes of energy consumption in Ireland expressed as a volume of oil.

Speaking at last night’s launch, the Lord Mayor said:

I congratulate Declan Scullion, a bright young designer, on his winning proposal and look forward to seeing his design in place and its engagement with the public. The issue of energy awareness and the move to renewable energy is critically important for all of us in the city and so I invite all Dubliners and non-Dubliners alike to visit this exhibition either here or on the net and begin that engagement.

Award Winner Declan Scullion speaking in reaction to the announcement yesterday said:

It is a great honour to have won the competition and it is heartening to see the city of Dublin take bold steps in the promotion of renewable energy. This will be a truly public room in the city; an ideal venue for city events and celebrations, while at the same time spreading the word about green energy via LED displays and internal exhibitions.

The cube will also feature an LED display on one of the outside walls which will communicate details of the project website to passers- by. The roof of the cube will contain photovoltaic panels to power the exhibition displays. The cube itself will be able to open out and expand so that it can become a prime location for public events and exhibitions. This new Smart landmark is likely to become a popular meeting point.

Ali Grehan, Dublin City Architect said:

the winning proposal represents good design in its simplicity, clarity and sophistication and is to be promoted and welcomed as an exciting addition to the city.

Gerry Wardell, Director of Codema and member of the judging panel said:

The cube really spoke to me because it is very evocative and creative in its design, and combines science and art in an innovative way. This is a wake-up call for the future of energy which we naively assume happens at the flick of a switch.

The project is co-financed under the INTERREG IVB North-West Europe programme with European Regional Development funding which is matched by Dublin City Council.

An exhibition of all the competition entries will be on display in Civic Offices until 26th April.