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June 1, 2011

Craftitecture winners announced

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The Crafts Council of Ireland has announed the winners of Craftitecture, a competition to design a pavilion for the Electric Picnic music festival. The winning team are Bucholz McEvoy Architects and Jim Horgan, master boat builder with the Galway School of Boat Building. Their innovative design features a dynamic space constructed using the form of Currachs which will move on horizontal and vertical axes to form an open space when in use and a closed sculptural form in the evening. The Jury commended the submission from Simply Architecture and Horizon Furniture for it’s interesting form, their enthusiasm and understanding of the brief.

The jury comprised representatives of the Crafts Council of Ireland, Irish Architecture Foundation and Greencrafts, John Lee, furniture designer/maker, Peter Tansey of Lotus Architects and Frank McDonald, Environment Editor, Irish Times. Architect Gar Holohan acted as technical advisor to the jury.

“The winning team, Jim Horgan and Bucholz McEvoy, illustratethe very essence of the project; that is to experiment with materials and ideas, to fuse architecture and craft and to create an innovative and inspiring space that reflects the best of both worlds.”

The Craftitecture pavilion will be one of the places to check out during the three day festival. It is intended to host a range of public events (to be announced in August) that will engage, inform, entertain, promote and inspire, innovation, creativity and collaboration between architects, craftspeople, musicians, speakers, performers and the audience.

Commenting on the competition Louise Allen, Education and Innovation Manager with CCoI said, “the breadth of ideas and concepts submitted is very encouraging for the future of Irish design, craft and architecture. This initiative aimed to push the boundaries and encourage professionals from different sectors to think outside the box and share their skills. The winning entry brings a very contemporary edge to the tradition of ‘Currach making’ and will result in a radically different and engaging space which we feel will contribute to the overall energy of the Electric Picnic.’

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