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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. 

Silchester Park / GKMP Architects

  • Architects: GKMP Architects
  • Location: Silchester Park, Dublin, Ireland
  • Contractor: Sheerin Construction
  • Engineer: Downes Associates
  • Lighting Consultant: Wink Lighting
  • Area: 40.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Alice Clancy

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Hedge House / GKMP Architects

  • Architects: GKMP Architects
  • Location: Leeson Walk, Ranelagh
  • Contractor: RandU Limited
  • Engineer: David Maher & Associates
  • Lighting Consultant: Wink Lighting
  • Area: 253.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Alice Clancy

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UCD Student Centre / FKP Architects

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Fethard Residence / Aughey O'Flaherty Architects

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Ballymahon / ODOS architects

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Kerry House / Carson and Crushell Architects

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72 Hour Urban Action 2013 Competition

72 Hour Urban Action, the world's first real-time architecture competition, will give selected teams only three days and three nights to design and build interventions in public space in response to local needs, social challenges, and the sites and missions offered. With an extreme deadline, a tight budget and limited space to rapidly leave a lasting impact on the city's urban fabric, participating teams will be battling the clock, the restrictive conditions, and each other to dream and realize projects. The competition will take place July 25-28 in Derry-Londonderry, in northern Ireland. For more information, and to apply, please visit here. More images after the break.

Solstice Arts Centre / Grafton Architects

  • Architects: Grafton Architects
  • Location: Navan, Co.Meath
  • Architect in Charge: Grafton Architects
  • Area: 1780.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2006
  • Photographs: Ros Kavanagh, Hélene Binet

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University of Limerick Medical School / Grafton Architects

  • Architects: Grafton Architects
  • Location: University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
  • Architect in Charge: Shelley McNamara, Yvonne Farrell, Ger Carty, Philippe O’Sullivan, Matt McCullagh, Kieran O’Brien, Abi Hudson, David Healy, Simona Castelli, Kate O’Daly, Ciara Reddy, Paul O’Brien
  • Project Managers: Kerin Contract Management
  • Structural and Civil Engineers: PUNCH Consulting Engineers
  • Area: 4300.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Dennis Gilbert, Alice Clancy

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University of Ulster’s Belfast City Campus Proposal / Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

Designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, their proposal for the University of Ulster’s Belfast City Campus has recently received planning permission upon winning the competition in January 2012. The campus is part of a £250m higher education project to provide 70,000 sqm of central teaching, faculty and social learning accommodation across three linked sites in the Cathedral Quarter of Belfast city center.  This high density urban university campus blurs the boundaries between the University environments and the city by providing publicly accessible thoroughfares and facilities across the lower three floors. More images and architects' description after the break.

Ballyroan Library / Box Architecture

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  • Architects: Box Architecture
  • Location: Dublin, Ireland
  • Architect in Charge: Gary Mongey
  • Lighting Design: Wink Lighting
  • Area: 1510.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Paul Tierney

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Commonage Summer School Project 2012 / Cowshed Collective

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4 House / TAKA

  • Architects: TAKA
  • Location: Monalea Grove, Firhouse, Dublin, Ireland
  • Design Team: Alice Casey, Cian Deegan
  • Area: 95.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Alice Clancy

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Atlas of an Irish City Exhibition

Open now until February 21, the Atlas of an Irish City exhibition, hosted by the Irish Architecture Foundation at the Oonagh Young Gallery in Dublin, features an architectural survey of Galway and design projects that explore new ways to think about the future of the city by students of Studio Tom Emerson at the ETH Zurich. The exhibition is free and open to the public Wednesday-Friday 12pm-6pm. For more information, please visit here.