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5Cube scoops RIAI award for Best Culture Building

27th June, 2016

We are delighted to announce that the INTERREG IVB-funded 5Cube won the 2016 RIAI Architecture Award for Best Culture Building at an awards ceremony in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham last Friday, 24th June.

The 5Cube is Ireland’s first renewable energy design feature and was designed by architect Declan Scullion of deSiun Scullion Architects on behalf of Dublin City Council. The 5Cube is a physical representation of how much oil Ireland is consuming every five minutes and aims 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 5 Cube was selected as the winning design following Dublin City Council's Imagine Energy design competition in 2013 for a smart energy feature in the city centre as part of its involvement in the INTERREG IVB-funded ACE project.

The 5Cube is located at Hanover Quay in Dublin's Docklands.  The installation was constructed with durable, shiny black glass to convey the concept of oil.  It is self-sufficient through solar photovoltaic panels powering the screen and an LED illumination. One side of the cube features a 'sky mirror' and on the opposite side a kaleidoscope gives multiple reflections of the sky, forming a globe shape when you look into it.  Inscribed on the 5Cube is text saying 'We consume this cube of oil in Ireland every five minutes'.

For further information on the 5Cube or on renewable energy, please visit www.aceforenergy.eu