Brick Addition / NOJI Architects

01:00 - 6 February, 2015
Brick Addition / NOJI Architects, © Alice Clancy
© Alice Clancy
  • Architects

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland
  • Collaborators

    John Monahan
  • Area

    234.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Alice Clancy © Alice Clancy © Alice Clancy © Alice Clancy +12

In Conversation With Sheila O'Donnell And John Tuomey, 2015 Royal Gold Medallists

01:00 - 6 February, 2015
In Conversation With Sheila O'Donnell And John Tuomey, 2015 Royal Gold Medallists, John Tuomey and Sheila O'Donnell - recipients of the 2015 Royal Gold Medal. Image Courtesy of RIBA
John Tuomey and Sheila O'Donnell - recipients of the 2015 Royal Gold Medal. Image Courtesy of RIBA

When Sheila O'Donnell and John Tuomey, who practice in partnership as O'Donnell + Tuomey, were named as this year's recipients of the RIBA Royal Gold Medal, a palpable collective satisfaction appeared to spread throughout the profession. No one could find criticism in Joseph Rykwert and Níall McLaughlin's nomination, nor the ultimate choice of the RIBA Honours Committee, to bestow the award upon the Irish team. Their astonishingly rigourous body of work, compiled and constructed over the last twenty five years, has an appeal which extends beyond Irish and British shores. A robust stock of cultural, community and educational projects, alongside family homes and social housing projects, leaves little doubt about the quality, depth and breadth of their mutual capabilities and the skill of those that they choose to collaborate with.

Read the conversation with the Gold Medallists after the break.

Ground sketch, Venice Biennale 2012 (Common Ground). Image © O'Donnell + Tuomey Sketch, Glucksman Gallery (Cork, Ireland). Image © O'Donnell + Tuomey Watercolour sketch, Ireland. Image © O'Donnell + Tuomey Sketch Plan of the Saw Swee Hock Centre (London). Image © O'Donnell + Tuomey +21

Grillagh Water House / Patrick Bradley Architects

01:00 - 5 February, 2015
Grillagh Water House / Patrick Bradley Architects, © Aidan Monaghan Photography
© Aidan Monaghan Photography

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Scale of PLY / NOJI Architects

01:00 - 3 February, 2015
Scale of PLY / NOJI Architects, © Alice Clancy
© Alice Clancy
  • Architects

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland
  • Collaborators

    John Monahan and Claire Faulkner
  • Area

    155.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Alice Clancy © Alice Clancy © Alice Clancy © Alice Clancy +24

Newenham Mulligan and Grimshaw Selected to Redevelop Dublin’s RDS Arena

00:00 - 2 February, 2015
Newenham Mulligan and Grimshaw Selected to Redevelop Dublin’s RDS Arena , Courtesy of Leinster Rugby
Courtesy of Leinster Rugby

Dublin-based Newenham Mulligan and London-based Grimshaw have been selected by the Royal Dublin Society and Leinster Rugby to redevelop the rugby team’s home arena in Ballsbridge, Ireland. The €20 million redevelopment, announced just before Ireland’s bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup, plans to replace the RDS Arena’s old Anglesea stand with one that increases the venue’s capacity to 25,000.

Irish Competition Searches for Conceptual Interpretations of WB Yeats Poem: "The Lake Isle of Innisfree"

01:00 - 24 January, 2015
Irish Competition Searches for Conceptual Interpretations of WB Yeats Poem: "The Lake Isle of Innisfree", Isle of Inisfree. Image Courtesy of Yeats2015
Isle of Inisfree. Image Courtesy of Yeats2015

In collaboration with The Model, Hazelwood Demesne Ltd, and Sligo City Council, the Institute of Technology Sligo has launched "The Lake Isle of Innisfree," an international architecture competition inspired by Yeats' eponymous poem of 1892. Part of Yeats2015, the competition prompts practitioners to propose an intervention for the Irish island of Innisfree, combining "Yeats' poetic vision and contemporary architectural ideas." Work may be submitted individually or as part of a team, and must be received by March 12. The winning design will be constructed on the island before June 13, in time for what would have been Yeats' 150th birthday. See more information about the competition and download the project brief here.

Airfield Evolution / Solearth Architecture

01:00 - 18 January, 2015
Airfield Evolution / Solearth Architecture, © Ros Kavanagh
© Ros Kavanagh

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 Overend 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:

O'Donnell + Tuomey Selected to Design Student Hub for Cork University

00:00 - 5 January, 2015
O'Donnell + Tuomey Selected to Design Student Hub for Cork University, University College Cork's main quadrangle. Image © Flickr CC user Meg Marks
University College Cork's main quadrangle. Image © Flickr CC user Meg Marks

University College Cork has selected O'Donnell + Tuomey to design the university's new student hub, which will house learning, student support and administration spaces in a new building adjacent to the campus' Victorian Windle Medical Building, to the West of the main quadrangle. Selected for their ability to work within and around the historic buildings, the project will also see O'Donnell + Tuomey restore the medical building.

The new student centre will be the second building designed by the practice for University College Cork, a decade after the completion of their Stirling Prize-shortlisted Lewis Glucksman Gallery.

Grimshaw Receives Planning Approval for Phase Two of Belfast's City Quays Masterplan

00:00 - 22 December, 2014
Grimshaw Receives Planning Approval for Phase Two of Belfast's City Quays Masterplan, Courtesy of Grimshaw
Courtesy of Grimshaw

Grimshaw Architects have received full planning approval for City Quays 2, the second building planned as part of their City Quays masterplan for Belfast Harbour’s Clarendon Dock. To be built on a former ferry terminal site, City Quays 2 will stretch nine stories high and provide over 95,000 square feet of flexible work space.

Library in Dublin / Carr Cotter & Naessens

01:00 - 15 December, 2014
Library in Dublin / Carr Cotter & Naessens, © Dennis Gilbert
© Dennis Gilbert
  • Architects

  • Location

    Moran Park House, Queen's Road, Dublin, Ireland
  • Architect in Charge

    Louise Cotter and David Naessens
  • Area

    6327.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Dennis Gilbert © Dennis Gilbert © Dennis Gilbert © Dennis Gilbert +23

Merrion Cricket Club / TAKA Architects

01:00 - 27 November, 2014
Merrion Cricket Club / TAKA Architects, © Alice Clancy
© Alice Clancy

© Alice Clancy © Alice Clancy © Alice Clancy © Alice Clancy +32

West Limerick Children’s Centre / SATA

01:00 - 28 October, 2014
West Limerick Children’s Centre / SATA, © Kate Bowe O’Brien
© Kate Bowe O’Brien
  • Architects

  • Location

    Newcastle West, Co. Limerick, Ireland
  • Design Team

    Mark Thompson, Kristoffer Norrinder, Michael Pledge
  • Area

    765.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Kate Bowe O’Brien © Kate Bowe O’Brien © Kate Bowe O’Brien © Kate Bowe O’Brien +18

RIBA Awards 2015 Royal Gold Medal to O'Donnell + Tuomey

00:00 - 24 September, 2014
RIBA Awards 2015 Royal Gold Medal to O'Donnell + Tuomey, The LSE Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, which has been shortlisted for this year's Stirling Prize. Image © Alex Bland
The LSE Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, which has been shortlisted for this year's Stirling Prize. Image © Alex Bland

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has selected Irish architects Sheila O'Donnell and John Tuomey as recipients of the 2015 Royal Gold Medal, one of the world's most prestigious lifetime achievement awards for architecture. Approved personally by the Queen, the award recognizes those who have made a significant contribution to the advancement of architecture.

The RIBA praised the way O'Donnell + Tuomey came together in the early 1990s to combine "Sheila’s quiet, studied 'rationalism' alongside John’s fluent, rhetorical 'constructivism,'" commenting that "through their buildings, publications, exhibitions and teaching they have forged a confident new identity for Irish architecture."

An Gaelaras, nominated for the Stirling Prize in 2011. Image © Dennis Gilbert Lyric Theatre, nominated for the Stirling Prize in 2012. Image © Dennis Gilbert Ranelagh Multi-Denominational School, nominated for the Stirling Prize in 1999. Image © Alice Clancy Lewis Glucksman Gallery, nominated for the Stirling Prize in 2005. Image © Dennis Gilbert +6

Jeffry's House / Emily Mannion + Thomas O'Brien

01:00 - 14 August, 2014
Jeffry's House / Emily Mannion + Thomas O'Brien, Courtesy of Emily Mannion + Thomas O Brien
Courtesy of Emily Mannion + Thomas O Brien
  • Architects

  • Location

    Ards Forest Park, Ireland
  • Collaborators

    Ivor Kilpatrick, thatcher
  • Area

    18.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Emily Mannion + Thomas O Brien

Courtesy of Emily Mannion + Thomas O Brien Courtesy of Emily Mannion + Thomas O Brien Courtesy of Emily Mannion + Thomas O Brien Courtesy of Emily Mannion + Thomas O Brien +24

Infrastructure, Data and Progress: Ireland's Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale

00:00 - 3 August, 2014
Infrastructure, Data and Progress: Ireland's Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale, © Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

The Irish pavilion's response to the theme of the 2014 Venice Biennale captures the tumultuous history of the Ireland's past hundred years through ten infrastructural projects which highlight the country's progress. Ireland's relationship to the theme of "Absorbing Modernity" was colored by their independence from the United Kingdom in the early 1920s, with modernism and infrastructure seen as the way to leave this past behind. The pavilion examines the outcomes of this approach, with Ireland treated as "a launch-pad and testing ground" for everything from concrete infrastructure to data centers. Read the curators' take on their pavilion after the break. 

Green Box Design Studio / MacGabhann Architects

01:00 - 9 July, 2014
© Ros Kavanagh
© Ros Kavanagh
  • Architects

  • Location

    Rathmullan, Co. Donegal, Ireland
  • Design Team

    Antoin MacGabhann, Tarla MacGabhann, Patrick McGinley, Claire Faulkner
  • Main Contractror

    Tony Ringland, Glenwood Systems
  • Area

    110.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2005
  • Photographs

© Ros Kavanagh © Ros Kavanagh © Ros Kavanagh © Ros Kavanagh +17

Regional Cultural Centre / MacGabhann Architects

01:00 - 6 July, 2014
Regional Cultural Centre / MacGabhann Architects, © Dennis Gilbert
© Dennis Gilbert
  • Architects

  • Location

    Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, Ireland
  • Design Team

    Antoin MacGabhann, Tarla MacGabhann, Nanni Grau, Niels Merschbrock
  • Area

    1700.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

© Dennis Gilbert © Dennis Gilbert © Dennis Gilbert © Dennis Gilbert +38

Plug-in Cottage / MacGabhann Architects

01:00 - 3 July, 2014
Plug-in Cottage / MacGabhann Architects, © Ros Kavanagh
© Ros Kavanagh
  • Architects

  • Location

    Co. Donegal, Ireland
  • Design Team

    Antoin MacGabhann, Tarla MacGabhann, Lauren Swinney, Patrick McGinley
  • Area

    87.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2004
  • Photographs

© Ros Kavanagh © Ros Kavanagh © Ros Kavanagh © Ros Kavanagh +13