• 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

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    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.