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Library in Dublin / Carr Cotter & Naessens

  • Architects: Carr Cotter & Naessens
  • 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 © Dennis Gilbert

West Limerick Children’s Centre / SATA

  • Architects: SATA
  • 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

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

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

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

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

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  • Architects: MacGabhann 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

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Regional Cultural Centre / MacGabhann Architects

  • Architects: MacGabhann 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

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Plug-in Cottage / MacGabhann Architects

  • Architects: MacGabhann 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

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Drumnacraig – Extension / MacGabhann Architects

  • Architects: MacGabhann Architects
  • Location: Co. Donegal, Ireland
  • Design Team: Antoin MacGabhann, Tarla MacGabhann, Bjoern Patzwald, Alison Ellis, Michael Doherty
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Paul McGuicken

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Carton LeVert / MacGabhann Architects

  • Architects: MacGabhann Architects
  • Location: Co. Donegal, Ireland
  • Design Team: Antoin MacGabhann, Tarla MacGabhann, Orla McKeever
  • Area: 125.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2002
  • Photographs: Ros Kavanagh

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National University Of Ireland, Galway | Science Research Building / Payette

  • Architects: Payette
  • Location: Galway, Ireland
  • Area: 86112.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Warren Jagger

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National University Of Ireland, Galway / Payette

  • Architects: Payette
  • Location: Galway, Ireland
  • Area: 65000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Warren Jagger

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Airbnb’s European Operations Hub in Dublin / Heneghan Peng Architects

  • Architects: Heneghan Peng Architects
  • Location: 4 South Lotts Road, Dublin, Ireland
  • Project Principal: Shih-Fu Peng, Roisin Heneghan
  • Area: 2000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Ed Reeve

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Extension and renovation in Portobello / Donal Colfer Architects

  • Architects: Donal Colfer Architects
  • Location: Portobello, Co. Dublin, Ireland
  • Architect In Charge: Donal Colfer, Kevin Kelly
  • Area: 110.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Alice Clancy

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Social Housing in Shangan Avenue / FKL architects

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Grimshaw Selected to Redevelop Ireland’s Most Prestigious Racecourse

The Irish Turf Club has selected Grimshaw, alongside collaborators Newenham Mulligan & Associates (NMA), amongst 100 other leading practices to envision a concept design for the modernization of Ireland’s most prestigious thoroughbred race course. 

Embedded within County Kildare’s open plains, the historic Curragh Racecourse is need of a masterplan that preserves the site, upgrades facilities and respects the surrounding landscape. Grimshaw’s winning proposal promises to satisfy these requests, in addition to constructing a new grandstand that retains the “intimate and distinctive character” of the existing grounds.