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5Cube shortlisted for LAMA Awards 2016

04th January, 2016

We are delighted to announce that the 5Cube has been shortlisted as a finalist in the LAMA Community & Council Awards 2016 in the Best Energy Smart Initiative by a Local Authority category.

The 5Cube was launched by Dublin City Council & Codema in June 2015 as part of the INTERREG IVB NWE Ace project and is Ireland’s first renewable energy design feature.  It was designed by architect Declan Scullion and is a physical representation of how much oil Ireland is consuming every five minutes. It is located in Hanover Quay in the heart of Dublin’s Docklands and directly within the parameters of Dublin City’s Sustainable Energy Community. 

The 5Cube is 4.23 cubic metres and is constructed from shiny black glass to convey the 437 barrels of oil that are consumed in Ireland every 5 minutes.  The cube glows internally – powered by roof mounted photovoltaic panels – and energy efficient LED lights illuminate a mirrored interior.  Another clever feature of the 5Cube are the mirrored bands that are engraved into the east and west facades of the installation. The eastern slivers represent the quantity of renewable energy consumed in the same five minutes as oil, and the wider, western band symbolises the 2020 renewable target – a very clever and forward-thinking approach in highlighting our need for change!

The western band also contains an opening which reveals a giant kaleidoscope reflecting the sky above to form a giant globe, with a link to sources of more information reflects a clear view of the sky overhead - providing a constant reminder of the powerful skies above us and our ever-changing weather - the source of so much of renewable energy: solar power, wind power and in turn tidal energy, wave energy and biomass fuels. 

The overall aim of the 5Cube is to get citizens thinking about our dependency on fossil fuels and to consider renewable sources of energy that are cleaner, and ultimately cheaper, alternatives.

The LAMA Community & Council Awards 2016 takes place on the 30th January in the Crowne Plaza Northwood so we will be keeping our fingers crossed!