• Free Market two men admiring the exhibition for Free Market exhibition CastleBlayney Co. Monaghan

    Free Market Castleblayney

    Last year (2019) Free Market brought part of their Venice Biennial Ehibition to Castleblayney Co. Monaghan. The weather held for the full day and fun was had by all. The exhibition focused on the importance of market towns, their current design and in history. Towns in Ireland are of such importance for social and economic connections. The exhibition promotes an understanding of the town and the center rural Ireland.


    Free Market joined the summer-time family fun of the Muckno Mania Festival in Market Square Castleblayney from July 4th-7th. The Free Market exhibition was installed both inside and outside the Hope Castle Gate Lodge. The exhibition was opened with a special public launch event on July 4th followed by a 3 day programme of free events.

  • Irish Aviation Authority Vertical Control Tower Architectural Photography

    The tallest occupied structure in Ireland is the IAA Vertical Control Tower designed by Scott Tallon Walker Architects. It encapsulates the heroic symbolism of many aviation buildings. The tower stands at 87.7m over the surrounding hinterland. Its profile is slender with an occupied control center at the top. The structure is reminiscent of the many emblematic aviation buildings. The original Dublin Airport buildings designed in the 1930’s by Desmond FitzGerald. It is designed as a curved building with tiered floor levels is reminiscent of ocean liners, the design conveys the excitement and luxury of flight in the thirties and forties.

    Many airport buildings romanticize flight and travel. The architecture of flight symbolizes technological advancement. Think of Eero Saarinens 1962 TWA Flight Centre in New York. Saarinens’ building pioneers the use of thin shell concrete construction. The roof mirrors a wing profile. The message is clear, technology conquers all. Norman Fosters Stansted airport is another example. Stansted is masterpiece of rigorous architectural logic. Every component delivers an automated solution to enable huge numbers of people travel with belongs to every corner of the globe.

    The vertical control tower continues in that tradition. It is a white shining torch to greet visitors.

    The simple architectural expression masks quite complex engineering. Arup Structural engineers provided the engineering design for the project. The tower used a tuned mass damper reduce the sway in the structure. The damper is, in essence, like a pendulum. The natural sway of the building due to wind is counteracted by the damper. The damper allows the structure to remain slender, elegant and stable.

    From a photographic stance the project required planning and a knowledge of airport operations. This experience had been gained from working with the Dublin Airport Authority and other organizations with specialist security and health and safety requirements.

    The project has deservedly won numerous awards and is a significant addition to the landscape of Dublin.



  • Cork City and County Pevsner Architectural Guides

    Cork City and County by Frank Keohane, has just been published. The guide published by Yale University press New Haven and London continues the series of academically rigorous but accessible guides to the country. Indeed Jonathan Mendes praises the Pevsner Guides commenting that ” The greatest endeavour of popular architecural scholarship in the world”.

    This guide follows in the great tradition of scholarship as Frank Keohane proudly details some of the best architecture in Ireland if not the world. The book could be used as a gazetteer or a indeed as a comprehensive introduction to the architecture of the area. For professionals in architecture the guide is a brilliant academically rigorous compendium of the best that Cork City and environs has to offer.

    A very useful feature is the glossary to architectural terms at the back of the book.

    The book is available from: https://pevsner.ie/buildings-of-ireland-series/ ( last time i checked this the SSL cert was out of date).

  • Bar 1661 photography

    Bar 1661 is named after the year Poitín was banned in these fair Isles. Nestled in the heart of Dublin’s bustling Market area. The Bar is a authentic warm experience attracting a diverse group of people. The Bar serves a range of unique cocktails . It has won many prestigious awards for innovation using Poitín.

    Bar 1661 Dublin | Award Winning Cocktail Bar | The Home of Poitín
  • Dalkey House Richard Murphy Architects

    The Dalkey House featured in Saturdays Irish Times. The house has drama, light and charm in abundance. With views over the bay across to Howth, the house presents a continuous connection with the exterior. The entrance is via a bridge that crosses over the bedroom windows. There are reminders of the influence of the great italian architect Carlo Scarpa’s in the navigation of the plan.

    As in Scarpa’s masterpiece of construction in Castelvecchio, the plan in Dalkey uses a device to orientate the viewer in the space. In Castelvecchio the magnificent but diminulative state of the Cangrade on horseback is used to orientate people. In Dalkey it is the view of the sea. The entrance is over a bridge revealing the views, this is followed by a lobby that blocks the views, then into a slot that has a sky view. From there the views of the sea are presented as portraits, landscapes, and telescopic views. The house embraces the surroundings it is embedded in. More on the house is covered in this piece written by Emma Cullinan for the Irish Times.


    For more on Carlo Scarpa https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlo_Scarpa

    For more on Castelvecchio https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castelvecchio_(Verona)

    For Richard Murphys excellent book on Castelvecchio : http://www.breakfastmissionpublishing.com/

  • Farranboley Tri House

    The Urban Agency House Fro Enda Loughman was featured in today’s Irish Times. The house is proposes a model for increasing the density of the suburbs by using back gardens of existing houses. The triangular shape of the site generated the triangular plan form. The edges are carved out to create access and enhance the usable space inside. More detail can be seen on the Irish Times and Urban Agency. Irish Times


    Urban Agency

    Tri House

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    La Biennale di Venezia

    FREESPACE was the theme and reference point for La Biennale di Venezia curated by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of Grafton Architects. The Irish Pavillion exhibited with the theme of Free-Market in the Giardini. Since the opening of the event in May there have been a few publications on the exhibition including Arkitekten Denmark and Architecture Ireland. The show continues until November and is well worth a visit.


    Arkitekten Magazine


    Architecture Ireland Biennale Special Edition

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    Tenement House

    The Tenement Museum in Dublin, designed by Shaffrey Architects was the Winner in Conservation/Restoration Category in the Irish Architecture awards 2018. The award is a testament to the vision of Dublin City Councils Heritage department. The house also won the Special Jury award in this years awards.

    The Tenement House conservation and interior is also featured in this months edition of Irish Architecture. Some extracts from the magazine are included below. http://architectureireland.ie/digital-edition-landing-page

  • bunclody ireland traditional shop with tiling and fancy goods




    Free Market will highlight the generosity, humanity and possibility in the common spaces of Ireland’s market towns. Small town market places, once the economic and social hubs of rural Ireland have undergone fundamental change and many have seen their function as places of exchange and congregation diminished.

    For this project I worked with the team to produce images of the towns of Kilrush and Bunclody. The photography took the form of documentary style images of the environs and people of the towns.

    Free Market proposes to reclaim these places of interaction and community. We propose to build upon the research of our team and others, and on the lived experience of these spaces, to re-imagine the shared urban territory of the small town market place.










  • Fades and Blades Dublin the architecture of interiors

    Fades and Blades

    Retail design , the national flag, entrepreneurship, interior decoration, all these things make a picture. Fades and Blades 2018 .