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Irish Architecture News

08 May 2008

Winning Portobello extension combines sleekness and humanity

Remodelling and extending a single-storey cottage in Portobello, Dublin 8, won A2 Architects – run by Peter Carroll and Caomhan Murphy – one of the AAI’s top awards. It is a protected structure...

08 May 2008

Brutal, honest youth centre wins top award

Sometimes it takes an outsider to spot the obvious. “A cycle seems to be forming in Ireland that needs to be broken,” according to Brussels-born architect Julien de Smedt. “The younger generation of...

08 May 2008

Arts Council announces study into Public Engagement with Architecture

The Arts Council is pleased to announce that it is currently undertaking research into the public’s engagement with architecture in Ireland. The Arts Council has commissioned a team, led by Mullan Consulting, to...

07 May 2008

U2 tower now ready for Elevation

After years of planning, wrangling and rowing, it finally looks like the landmark U2 tower is finally set to get off the ground. Plans for the Liffey highrise remain on course even though...

03 May 2008

Dream buildings, drawn in bed

Liam McCormick (1916-1996) was close to being Ireland’s Alvar Aalto. Like the great Finnish architect, he was a committed but not doctrinaire modernist who found inspiration in the context of place and produced...

02 May 2008

“Bikes-for-Billboards” scheme exposes major planning flaws

It sounded like a fairytale, yet what was initially hailed as “free bikes” has become one of the biggest planning controversies to hit the capital in years. The so-called “metropole” plan – whereby...

01 May 2008

Rooms with views and wind-fighting walls

Holiday homeowners want their retreats to have a different spirit to their normal homes and that comes out in the brief to architects. “It is all about the views, as well as capturing...

01 May 2008

Bord Gáis Networks – National Distribution Control Building Competition

The RIAI (Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland) is administering a competition on behalf of the competition promoters, Bord Gáis Networks (BGN). This is an open, two stage competition for the architectural...

30 April 2008

Grangegorman: all in by 2010

The development of the 73-acre Grangegorman site that will provide a new home for the Dublin Institute of Technology represents the single largest educational project in the history of the state. Provisions being...


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