Competitions offer hope to Irish architects
With architects in Ireland facing a daily struggle for survival, and little prospect of improvement in the short to medium term, it’s heartening to see that Murray O’Laoire won joint third prize in an international competition to re-design Richard Wagner Platz in Nürnberg. Joined by former colleague, landscape architect Remi Salles of Bordeaux, their entry was among 50 shortlisted in the competition. And the setting could not have been more prestigious – right in front of Nürnberg’s opera house, dating from 1905. Murray O’Laoire Architects have had an international presence since the early 1990s when they opened an office in Moscow.