Winner of Yeats2015 “The Lake Isle of Innisfree” Announced

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Yong ho Shin and John Randle of shindesignworks have been announced as the winners of “The Lake Isle of Innisfree,” a design competition held earlier this year as part of the Yeats2015 festival. Based in London and Daegu, South Korea, the pair of architects proposed “Square Moon,” a light-based installation for the Irish Island about which Yeats wrote his eponymous1892 poem, and from which the competition took its name.

Z-Square House / Mccullough Mulvin Architects

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Architects: Mccullough Mulvin Architects
Location: Rathmines, Co. ,
Year: 2010
Photographs: Henrietta Williams / Mary-Louise Halpenny

Dublin Dental Hospital / Mccullough Mulvin Architects

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Architects: Mccullough Mulvin Architects
Location: 4 Leinster Road, Louis Lane, 6,
Year: 2010
Photographs: Christian Richters

Trinity Long Room Hub / Mccullough Mulvin Architects

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Architects: Mccullough Mulvin Architects
Location: Trinity College , College Green, 2, Co. ,
Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Mccullough Mulvin Architects

Island Dwelling / O’Neill Architecture

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Architects: O’Neill Architecture
Location: Inis Oirr Primary Care Centre, Airport (INQ), , Co. Galway,
Architect In Charge: Patti O’Neill
Year: 2013
Photographs: Philip Lauterbach

Brick Addition / NOJI Architects

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Location: , Ireland
Collaborators: John Monahan
Area: 234.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Alice Clancy

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

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.

Grillagh Water House / Patrick Bradley Architects

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Architects: Patrick Bradley Architects
Location: , Co. Cavan, Ireland
Year: 2014
Photographs: Aidan Monaghan Photography

Scale of PLY / NOJI Architects

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Location: Dublin,
Collaborators: John Monahan and Claire Faulkner
Area: 155.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Alice Clancy

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

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-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, . The €20 million redevelopment, announced just before ’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”

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

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Architects: Solearth Architecture
Location: 14 Kilmacud Road Upper, Dublin,
Architect In Charge: Mike Haslam
Project Manager: Davis Langdon
Area: 3750.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Ros Kavanagh

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

University College ’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

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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

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Architects: Carr Cotter & Naessens
Location: Moran Park House, Queen’s Road, ,
Architect In Charge: Louise Cotter and David Naessens
Area: 6327.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Dennis Gilbert

Merrion Cricket Club / TAKA Architects

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Architects: TAKA Architects
Location: 4 Anglesea Road, 4,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Alice Clancy

West Limerick Children’s Centre / SATA

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Architects: SATA
Location: , Co. Limerick,
Design Team: Mark Thompson, Kristoffer Norrinder, Michael Pledge
Area: 765.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Kate Bowe O’Brien

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 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.”