County Hall, Cork
The County Hall is a 17-storey office block, owned by Cork County Council and housing its administrative headquarters. The building is located on Carrigrohane Road in the City of Cork (which is actually a separate administrative area from the County). At 67m (219 ft), the building was the tallest storeyed building in the state until surpassed by The Elysian in 2008.
The building was designed by Patrick McSweeney, then Cork County Architect and opened in 1968 and is now a protected building, although its modern design was not universally admired. Oisín Kelly's statue Two Working Men stands outside the complex. A redevelopment project began in 2002, which was opposed by An Taisce. The original distinctive concrete facade had been severely eroded, and it was decided to replace rather than repair this, as part of an expansion scheme. A louvered glass cladding replaced the original concrete, and a six-storey extension at ground level was completed in June 2006. The building was previously measured at 64m, but the addition of an extra storey extended its height to 67m. This new top storey is a glazed pavilion, containing a restaurant offering panoramic views of the city and environs.