The Slow Architecture Exhibition 2011 has just gotten underway. Canal Boat 107B will meander its way within Ireland’s canals and inland waterways over the next month promoting slow architecture through its floating exhibition centre and museum. Contributors for the summer of 2011 are Sonairte, Carson and Crushell Architects, Solearth, Architectural Farm with Michael Carroll, and Caelan Bristow. You can see a brief description of their contributions here as well as the full timetable for this year’s exhibition.
The now empty and abandoned water towers presented here are part of a selection of photographs gathered by James Young, a final year architecture student, as part of a research project. With the help of the MacCarthy Memorial Scholarship from the School of Architecture at UCD, he has compiled a list of about 200 towers, with nearly thirty visited and photographed. Like other architectural building types that have been abandoned, what can architects do with water towers such as these? If no longer in use, what can be done to take advantage of these stand along structures? Let us know what you think. More images after the break.
A repeat client from New York approached LOCAL to turn an old stone barn on his wife’s family farm compound in Ireland into a painter’s studio and vacation cottage. Because she is a landscape painter, she wanted a view and lots of light. At the same time, they wanted to retain the rustic character of the old stone barn. LOCAL decided to keep the façade facing the other buildings on the compound virtually untouched, and instead break out the entire façade facing the best view of the hills beyond the farm. Two skylights, invisible from the street, bring in light into the rear part of the house.
Two Danish Studios have been selected to compete in the prestigious competition to design Dublin’s new National Concert Hall. The two finalists were narrowed down from a shortlist of renowned architects from 2008. The two studios, 3XN and Henning Larsen Architects, delivered spectacular designs, which, unfortunately, will not be realized due to the cancellation of competition under Ireland’s fragile economic situation.
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The 40 metre Spencer Dock Bridge with its fluid lines and undulating concrete surface takes trams, traffic and pedestrians across the Royal Canal. Amanda Levete Architects design for the span bridge peels down the edges of the deck to reveal a space for pedestrians to pause and take in views of the dock and Linear Park which is currently under construction.
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Architects: Amanda Levete Architects
Location: Dublin, Ireland
AL_A Team: Amanda Levete, Alan Dempsey – Project Architect, Peter Feldman, Jordy Fu, Alvin Huang, Theo Sarantoglou
Structural Engineers: Arup
Main Contractor: Laing O’Rourke
Client: Dublin Docklands Development Authority, Railway Procurement Agency
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Gidon Fuehrer
Burke Culligan Deegan’s design for the Aoibhneas Children’s Centre won the international competition administered by by the RIAI (Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland). The new children’s centre is an addition to the existing women’s refuge in Dublin, Ireland. The philosophy of the design was to aid growth and recovery in an uplifting environment for women and children who were temporary residents in the refuge.
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Architects: Paul Dillon Architects
Location: Briarhill, Galway, Ireland
Project Architects: Paul Dillon, Zsolt Zsuffa
Project Team: Brendan Horan, Gerard Rainey
Structural: O’Connor Sutton Cronin
Quantity Surveying: Peter Costello and partners
Landscape: ait urbanism + landscaping
Services: Canney Associates
Fire-Engineering: Jeremy Gardner Associates
Main Contractor: Purcell Construction Ltd.
Project Area: 590 sqm
Project Year: 2008-2010
Photographs: Paul Tierney
The aim of Slow Architecture Exhibition 2010 is not only to engage with architects but also with the wider public and thus the proposal is to exhibit the selected schemes within a specifically converted barge travelling slowly on the Grand Canal via various moorings including Belmont Mill and Tullamore and finishing in Dublin.
This canal-boat based exhibition looks at the themes suggested above, specifically:
- Rediscovering the joy of making and building
- Observing more closely the patterns and rhythms of a place
- Investigating issues around inhabitation and sense of community
For more information go to the exhibition’s official website.
Architects: Architecture Republic
Location: Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Project Team: Maxim Laroussi, Jean-Baptiste Astruc, Javier Buron, John Casey, Mark Carter
Consulting structural and civil engineers: Casey ‘O Rourke Associates
Project Area: 67 sqm
Construction Cost: €120,000
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Paul Tierney photography
Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland, designed as a result of a collaboration between global architects Populous and Dublin‐based architects, Scott Tallon Walker was officially opened Friday by An Taoiseach, Brian Cowen, TD. Aviva Stadium, previously called the Lansdowne Road Stadium, hosted its first game of international rugby in 1878. The 50,000 seat stadium will be used for international rugby and soccer fixtures and as a concert and events venue.
Complete press release after the break.
Architect: Daniel Libeskind
Location: Dublin Docklands, Ireland
Principal in Charge: Stefan Blach
Project Leader: Gerhard Brun
Project Team: Feargal Doyle, Patrick Cox, Andreas Baumgärtner, Matthias Rühl, Toralf Sümmchen, Anna Poullou, Guillaume Chapallaz, Nathaniel Lloyd, Jens Jessen, Jens Hoffman, Kaori Hirasawa, Luca Mangione, Anja Bungies and Christian Müller
Client: Ramford Limited, Chartered Land
South Office Block Area: 21,092 sqm
Theatre Area: 13,768 sqm
North Office Block Area: 33,320 sqm
Budget: $269.9M USD
Project Year: 2009-2010
Photographs: Ros Kavanagh