• Lost Cottages Architecture Republic

    Lost Cottages Glenbeigh by Urban Agency is again featured in the Irish Independent “The Fab:50 best places to stay in 2020”. This cottage situated in the remote Kerry mountains is a perfect hideaway from the city life. The house enjoys spectacular views of Lake Carragh. The house is constructed of local materials. Colour and texture inspire the choice of materials of the cottage.

    For more information on the building design , construction and interiors, Urban Agency have a link to the project :http://www.urban-agency.com/projects/rustic-house/

    The Irish Independent feature the house as part of their summer holiday special:


    Architectural photography of holiday cottage Glenbeigh Co.Kerry

  • 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