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Irish Prime Minister's Residence

  • Dublin, Ireland
  • 1979 – 1980
  • Competition / Research

Concepts and designs for a new residence and state function room for the Irish prime minister (‘Tasoieach’)  – exploring notions of ‘ground and ground manipulation’ to create private buildings with a sense of ‘weightlessness’. Designs included a reception block and master suite which ‘float’ above the existing walled garden.

Zaha Hadid’s first major project comprised concepts and designs for a new residence and state function room to serve the Irish Prime Minister, or to use the gaelic title ‘Tasoieach’.

Exploring what Zaha Hadid has called ‘the whole idea of ground and ground manipulation’, designs for the buildings aspire to create a sense of weightlessness and offer an escape from the stresses of public life.

The proposed buildings, connected by a road and walkway were also ‘arranged’ to ensure absolute privacy, with a new guesthouse elegantly screened from the Tasoieach’s residence and the new reception block and master suite designed to ‘float’ above an existing walled garden.




Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher

Design Team

Zaha Hadid with K. Ahari and Jonathan Dunn