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Ussher Library in Dublin, Ireland by McCullough Mulvin Architects

Sunday, December 11th, 2016

Article source: McCullough Mulvin Architects 

The Ussher Library in Trinity College is a landmark building for Dublin. The project – initiated as an international architectural competition design collaboration with KMD Architecture, Dublin – provides 750 undergraduate reader places and space for 350,00 volumes in a state-of-the-art library building with exposed boardmarked concrete and granite finishes. The concept established three prismatic sculptural blocks on a podium set North-South across the site; the two longer blocks are connected by an atrium. The taller is closed and stone-clad and dedicated to book storage (a tower of books), the other, lower, more dynamically shaped in stone and glass – contains reading rooms with views over College Park; the third block is for a Book Conservation Laboratory. Each block is served by a core at one end which anchors the plan; each is designed as a solid planar element without advance or recession – the line of stone cladding is carried through into the atrium in timber panelling; the atrium glazing is perceived as a separate shard-like element, while the Conservation Block roof is an origami -like folded plane of glass and metal. The new building forms a functional unit with the existing Berkeley and Lecky libraries – all three are connected under podium level and the Berkeley Library has been retained as the main entrance to the whole complex – a new staircase descends from it to a new orientation space serving all three. The library had to fit into a very strong urban context, standing on an edge condition between Trinity and Dublin; it keeps to the grid of the College buildings while recognising the line of Nassau Street. The building is like a gateway – three books forming open space between them which frame views and routes from the city into the College. By its shape and location on the site, the project establishes two strongly configured urban spaces at podium level – one against the rere of the Berkeley, open at the corners in the Trinity manner, with generous steps from the Park and Library square- the other between the Ussher Library and the street.

Image Courtesy © McCullough Mulvin Architects

Image Courtesy © McCullough Mulvin Architects

  • Architects: McCullough Mulvin Architects 
  • Project: Ussher Library
  • Location: Dublin, Ireland
  • Engineers: O’Connor Sutton Cronin
  • Quantity Surveyors: Brendan Merry & Partners
  • Building Services: Homan O’Brien
  • Contractors: McNamara Construction
  • Area: 10,000 m2

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5 CUBE Energy Pavilion in Dublin, Ireland by de Siún Scullion Architects

Sunday, August 14th, 2016

Article source: de Siún Scullion Architects

5CUBE is a semi-permanent pavilion in Hanover Quay, Dublin Docklands, physically representing the volume of oil consumed every five minutes in Ireland.  It was designed by Declan Scullion of de Siún Scullion Architects, Dublin.

Image Courtesy © Ros Kavanagh

Image Courtesy © Ros Kavanagh

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Biosciences Research Building (BRB) in Galway, Ireland by Payette and Reddy Architecture + Urbanism

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

Article source: The American Institute of Architects (AIA)

Sited in a rolling meadow in Galway, Ireland, with uninterrupted views in four directions, the Biosciences Research Building (BRB) is the first phase of a new North Campus Science Precinct at the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG). The BRB provides high technology science research space dedicated to cancer research, regenerative medicine, chemical biology and BSL3 animal research, and is one of the most energy efficient research buildings in the world dedicated to such an intense scientific agenda. It was also constructed for an extremely low cost per SF ($413), as compared to similar facilities, which typically cost $600-800/SF. In fact, 89% of the building is used for research space.

Image Courtesy © Payette

Image Courtesy © Payette

  • Architects: Payette and Reddy Architecture + Urbanism
  • Project: Biosciences Research Building (BRB)
  • Location: University Road Galway, Ireland
  • Photography: Payette
  • Project Owner: National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Submitting Architect: Payette
  • Joint Venture or Associate Architect: Reddy Architecture and Urbanism
  • Project Site: Previously Undeveloped Land
  • Project Type: Education – College/University (campus-level)
  • Project Site Context/Setting: Suburban
  • Total project cost at time of completion, land excluded: $36,720,000.00
  • Building or Project Gross Floor Area: 86,112 square feet
  • Project Completion Date: October, 2013

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Bachelor Pad in Dublin Mountains, Ireland by Box Urban Design Architecture

Friday, March 18th, 2016

Article source: Box Urban Design Architecture

Existing Irish apartments frequently fail to meet the needs of their occupants and are viewed as an inadequate or undesirable housing option. The reconfiguration of existing apartments has the potential to contribute to and improve the existing urban high-density housing stock if exemplary precedents can be established.  This project embodies how a typical city-centre apartment can be reconfigured to meet the specific needs of the occupant and provide a desirable living-environment of architectural, sustainable and social quality.

Image Courtesy © Box Urban Design Architecture

Image Courtesy © Box Urban Design Architecture

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SLIDING DOORS in Dublin Mountains, Ireland by Box Urban Design Architecture

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

Article source: Box Urban Design Architecture

This family home dating from the 1960’s was re-designed to improve its environmental performance and to meet the changing needs of the occupants since their grown-up children recently moved out. The semi-detached house is located in an established medium-density residential neighbourhood in South Dublin.

Image Courtesy © Box Urban Design Architecture

Image Courtesy © Box Urban Design Architecture

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Folding Farm House in Dublin Mountains, Ireland by Box Urban Design Architecture

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

Article source: Box Urban Design Architecture

This replacement dwelling is set into a north facing hill side with panoramic views of Dublin city. The site is bounded on the south by a wooded landscape. The house is constructed using a prefabricated timber-framepanel systemincorporating full-height glazing affording views to the north, while light penetration from the south is manipulated through roof lights and strategic openings.

external elevation (east) – looking towards the kitchen balcony and upper terrace, Image Courtesy © Paul Tierney

external elevation (east) – looking towards the kitchen balcony and upper terrace, Image Courtesy © Paul Tierney

  • Architects: Box Urban Design Architecture
  • Project: Folding Farm House
  • Location: Dublin Mountains, Ireland
  • Photography: Paul Tierney
  • Main Contractor: Horizon Construction
  • Sub-contractors: Jelovica, Carroll Joinery
  • Project size: 490 sq m
  • Construction duration: 18 months
  • Value: €1million

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PERCY LANE MEWS in Dublin, Ireland by ODOS architects

Sunday, November 8th, 2015

Article source: ODOS architects

Situated adjacent to the Royal canal, these 3 mews houses give little away to the street of their interlocking light filled floor plates. The black zinc curved hat and the stone gables contain 3 dwellings which have direct access to external space and natural daylight from every room at every level.

Image Courtesy © Donal Murphy

Image Courtesy © Donal Murphy

  • Architects: ODOS architects
  • Project: PERCY LANE MEWS
  • Location: Dublin, Ireland
  • Photography: Donal Murphy
  • Designed: 2013             
  • Completed: January 2015
  • Contractor: Sheerin Construction
  • Area: 3 no houses – each house with a total area of 175sqm each

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Hyde & Seek Childcare Center in Dublin, Ireland by Urban Agency

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

Article source: Urban Agency

The site, of triangular shape, is located at the junction of two busy roads within a predominantly residential area of red-brick terraced houses. The project is a childcare facility for 5 different age groups, varying from babies/toddlers (from age 3 months) to after daycare (up to age 12 years).

Image Courtesy © Urban Agency

Image Courtesy © Urban Agency

  • Architects: Urban Agency
  • Project: Hyde & Seek Childcare Center
  • Location: Dublin, Ireland
  • Size: 450m²
  • Budget: €700, 000
  • Type: Commission
  • Client: Hyde and Seek Childcare

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Island Dwelling in Co. Galway, Ireland by O’Neill Architecture

Friday, February 13th, 2015

Article source: O’Neill Architecture

CONCEPT
For this building project on the Aran Islands, Co. Galway, we developed the designs from the simplicity of the landscape; working with the given contours, solar orientation and making reference to traditional design. The living area located on the upper level allows spectacular views of the Cliffs of Moher. It is connected to a terrace which is so orientated as to create a sun-trap and catch the sun from late morning until the last of the evening sun rays are obscured by the above lying escarpment. The views from the road are shielded by part of the house, creating the private and sheltered outdoor space. Fortunately the escarpment acts as a wind break for the prevailing westerly winds ensuring great use of this outdoor terrace in most weather conditions.

Image Courtesy © Philip Lauterbach

Image Courtesy © Philip Lauterbach

  • Architects: O’Neill Architecture
  • Project: Island Dwelling
  • Location: Formna, Inisheer, Arran Islands, Co. Galway, Ireland
  • Photography: Philip Lauterbach
  • Architect in Charge: Patti O’Neill
  • Area: Main house 104sqm + Studio 30sqm, Site 0.2 hectares
  • Year: 2013

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Airfield Evolution in Dublin, Ireland by Solearth Ecological Architecture

Friday, January 30th, 2015

Article source: Solearth Ecological Architecture 

Airfield is a 35-acre working farm and estate located in the southern suburbs of Dublin, open to the public since 1998; it is an area of pastureland, woodland and walled gardens into which a patchwork of buildings has been introduced focused on Airfield House itself, which was the Over end family home from 1894. Airfield Trust was established in 1974 by the Overend sisters, Letitia and Naomi, as a charitable organisation with an educational and recreational remit provided through an environment connecting people and nature through the farm and gardens. To enhance the visitor experience and expand the facilities at Airfield a number of key spatial drivers have been put in place:

Image Courtesy © Solearth Ecological Architecture

Image Courtesy © Solearth Ecological Architecture

  • Architects: Solearth Ecological ArchitectureMike Haslam
  • Project: Airfield Evolution
  • Location: Upper Kilmacud Road, Dundrum, Dublin 14. Ireland
  • Client name: Airfield Trust, John O’Toole
  • Project size: 14 ha estate; 3750 sqm of building
  • Project duration: Design commenced September 2009
  • Start on site: May 2012, Practical Completion July 2013

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