The conversion of a dilapidated workshop into a comfortable family home is testament to an enlightened and energetic owner and a commitment by the design team to realize the potential of the previous semi derelict building.
Economy and the recycling of materials has brought about minimal scandi inspired interiors which echo the buildings industrial past and make a fitting Atelier space for The Tweed Project.
The Tweed Project create handmade, one off pieces that combine beautiful Irish fabrics with modern tailoring for a truly authentic expression of Irish design.
The Tweed Project’s latest collection resurrects the past to deliver relevant looks for today. The brand takes its commitment to sustainability and the environment one step further this season by using no new fabrics in the making of this collection. Instead, the design team worked with Irish suppliers to source fabric already in circulation and re-using quality vintage pieces. The collection works hard to create less waste in the production process and implements sustainable practices to equalise the impact of climate change. The collection re-configures fabrics into contemporary, handmade pieces, all made to last a lifetime.
The Tweed Projects founders, Triona and Aoibheann, will talk about the brand’s natural evolution and be joined in conversation with Elspeth Lee, Superposition and Deirdre McMenamin, LiD Architecture to discuss the importance of reuse, recycling and recuperation.
Swinford Cultural Centre housed in the nineteenth-century former Swinford Railway Goods Store will host the Buildings of Mayo Photographic Exhibition which is curated and presented as a joint venture between the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in association with Mayo County Council. This touring photographic exhibition promotes the publication of the Mayo survey of the built heritage of the county. The National Inventory of Architectural Heritage (NIAH) is the largest ever survey of post-1700 architectural heritage of County Mayo, some highlights of which are presented in this building as it demonstrates good practice in the adaptive re-use of a historic building.
Exhibition continues until 25 October 2019.
LiD Architecure present;
ADAPTIVE URBANISM BERLIN 1994-2019
Berlin’s extraordinary history has resulted in unique spatial, financial, and social circumstances conducive to the appropriation and adaption of the urban landscape, spanning from the 1970s to the contemporary self-initiated housing phenomena and public space innovations. This talk presents examples of this urban appropriation in the financial and power vacuum of post-wall East Berlin and traces this through to the eventual recognition and facilitation by the city authorities of this informal urbanism as a legitimate form of re-appropriation of the city. The processes and properties at play in these spaces are considered and the potential of this performative “as found” approach to the city is explored.
LiD Architecture is an Award-winning practice, established in 2003 by Dougal Sheridan and Deirdre McMenamin.
The Cathedral of the Assumption was built in 1827 – 37 on a hill overlooking Tuam, and was the second Roman Catholic Cathedral (after Newry) to be built in Ireland after Catholic Emancipation. The Irish Gothic Revival exterior is built of limestone with buttresses, elaborate window tracery, pinnacles, outstanding stained glass windows, and a variety of crisply carved stone embellishments. The Cathedral is the Cathedral Church of the Archdiocese of Tuam, and is of huge significance for the people of the 55 parishes of the Archdiocese and beyond.
Wejchert Architects have been appointed as lead consultant for the refurbishment Works to the Sanctuary of the Cathedral.
A tour will be led by Ann Cuffe Fitzgerald FRIAI Conservation Architect looking at conservation and restoration of pre-famine Great East window (1832) and East Elevation Stonework.
Tuam's Cathedral of the Assumption East Window, completed in 1832, was bowed and endangered, stonework trapped water- restored to highest standard and glare reduced by new outer glazing.
Wejchert Architects with Conservation Architects FKP
A campus since 1998, the Centre for Creative Arts and Media is based in a former Redemptorist Monastery, which originally opened in 1940 to accommodate students training for the priesthood. Remnants of this heritage are still to be found - the high ceilings, wide windows and spacious rooms give the revamped building an instant appeal, while the library is constructed with Irish oak using a distinct ecclesiastical theme.
Today, the Centre for Creative Arts and Media is a hive of creative activity, and specializes in courses in art & design, textiles, and film & documentary.
De Blacam and Meagher GMIT Library School of Art.
Open on a ‘first come’ basis.
Of all Irish architects, Noel Dowley is the one most associated with, as he puts it, creating ‘an architecture of modest means’. He has often discussed his use of humble materials, his taste for frugality – concerns well evident in the enchantingly inventive New Docks workshop, which fully fills its tiny 14m x 7m harbourfront site. Dowley used what author Brian Ward calls “bricolage architecture” using found objects such as sections of large drainage pipes as porthole windows.
One of the loveliest details, the line of the stairs climbing the external wall, came about fortuitously. ‘It was originally a pencil line, erased on the tracing paper negative,’ says Dowley, ‘but it still showed up as a shadow line on a print among the set of contract drawings, so they built it too!
Dowley’s petite, white, modernist structure has the sculptural presence to hold its own comfortably against the five-storey tower of Galway Bay Seafoods, formerly Bord Iascaigh Mhara’s Fish Processing Station, designed by Piaras Beaumont in the mid-1950s – itself the first-ever building to be commended in the RIAI Triennial Gold Medal awards. Dowley had trained with architect Louis Kahn in America in the 1970s and was also responsible for the modernist style of the former Telephone Exchange Building which was repurposed by Galway International Arts Festival as the Festival Gallery 2019.
A Forgotten Gem for #AATE19!!
Open on a ‘first come’ basis.
After closing in 2013, today most of the former St. Brigid’s Hospital, Ballinasloe stands empty and badly in need of recuperation. A series of consultative workshops in 2018 led by Denis Naughten TD resulted in the publication of a summary report prepared by Connect the Dots entitled; ‘Reimaging St. Brigids’.The summary Report provided an overview of the workshop - the process and the findings, highlighting key visions for the site, commonalities amongst the visions, and recommendations going forward. But where to next?
Architecture at the Edge aims to revitalize that process.
On Saturday 12th October, Oonagh Walsh, a Ballinasloe native and History Professor in the Glasgow School for Business and Society at Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland, will deliver a lecture on the history of the old Connaught District Lunatic Asylum, latterly St. Brigid’s Hospital at the Ballinasloe Enterprise Centre.
The HSE have kindly agreed to allow access to the hospital complex for a tour of the grounds where the public will be able to view the external buildings.
This will be followed with a short discussion where the public will be asked to share their views on the vision for the former Hospital.
Tickets FREE. Pre-book via our website.
Working with schools and their communities are core to SJK’s practise, recognised by awards for Oughterard (2014) and Westport (2018). Monivea National School is SJK’s most recently completed school during 2019, a 2-storey replacement of the former school, featuring a serrated ground floor edge stitching small sheltered classroom courts into the larger communal play area, with a simple vernacular material palette and joyful use of colour, the design sets out to achieve a lot with a modest budget.
Pre-book via our website.
Part L and NZEB compliance
Recent updates to TGD L 2019 now incorporates a requirement to comply with NZEB standards. This presentation will explain Part L along with the changes required and demonstrate effective measures in ensuring compliance.
The NZEB standard as set out in TGD L 2017 Buildings other than dwellings applies to works from 1st January 2019 (subject to
transitional arrangements). For Public Sector bodies, NZEB applies from 31st December 2018.
TGD L 2019 Dwellings includes numerical indicators for NZEB which apply to works from 1st November 2019 (subject to transitional arrangements).
RIAI CPD points apply.
X-PO started life as a public art project by Deirdre O' Mahony. It sought to actively engage individuals and communities in Killinaboy in County Clare, by giving time and space to re-viewing and re-imagining the social and cultural priorities
The project was the 2007 artwork in Modern Ireland in 100 Artworks.
The space has evolved in an organic way over the last 12 years. It is now home to a multitude of activities including a singers’ group, a community mapping group, Irish language classes, art exhibitions, a film club, intimate concerts, field trips, heritage lectures and a skills share network amongst other things.
X-PO is now an intrinsic part of the social and cultural fabric of North Clare.
Folk Radio is a concept for a new artists-led, on-line radio station and digital sound archive, based at X-PO. Led by artist Tom Flanagan this community-based project seeks to engage the wider and existing communities active in and around X-PO, the former post office.
Folk Radio will make a radio programme during the Architecture at the Edge weekend 2019, exploring ‘stories of adaptive reuse’, in the context of the local communities in the area.
Open on a ‘first come’ basis.
The Galway Cottage, as featured on RTE’s ‘Home of the Year’ is a cleverly renovated and extended 1800’s cottage. Traditional cottage character merges with a light filled modern extension, boasting double height ceilings, traditional features and a bold colour scheme throughout. Tour led by Architectural Designer Stephen Walton and owner and Interior Designer Deirdre Noone.
The NUI Galway campus comprises a diverse mix of building from its different stages of development. This tour will investigate how the university is working to integrate, adapt, reuse and protect these buildings. An architect led tour will focus on four key projects which have recently been readapted or are soon to be refurbished;
The Historic Quadrangle
The award winning O’Donoghue Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance
The James Hardiman Library
The Arts & Science Building
Tour led by ;
Eamon McCarney, Taylor McCarmey Architects; Tommy Rushe Scott Tallon Walker Architects; and Patrick Faherty Assistant Planning and Projects Officer at NUI Galway.
‘We need contemporary culture and art, places of critical sociability and we need spaces adapted for their development. We do not wait for ideal conditions, we realize them. We begin to use abandoned spaces, we adapt them and use them at the same time, the content is developed together with the architecture serving it. Architecture ceases to be just a framework for the social events and becomes one of the protagonists’.
Platforma 9,81 are a collective of architects and designers from Croatia engaged collaboratively and independently in the critical rethinking and debate of urban planning and public space. Platforma 9,81 advocates for spatial justice and informed, educated and active citizenship included in the spatial development of the community. Founder Miranda Veljačić together with Dinko Peračić and others represented Croatia at the 15th Venice Biennale of Architecture with a project entitled “we need it - we do it” which will be presented here. The project was awarded with Grand prix at the 53rd Zagreb Salon of Architecture Award 2018.
Enjoy a guided tour of Enniscoe House, which appears to be a classic Irish Georgian country house. One of its most interesting features is that it is an older house, described as a fortified house (c.1740-1750) that is perfectly preserved within the later house, which was completed in 1798. Tour will start from North Mayo Heritage Centre.
12pm, 1.30pm & 2.30pm
Have you ever wondered what happens to your waste? Join this tour and find out!
Walsh waste invites visitors from across the county to come along and discover what happens at their waste management facilities. Behind the scenes tours offer an insight into the entire integrated network of our recycling and recovery operations and the importance of disposing of your waste properly.
The former warehouse building of 1000 square meters offered Walsh Waste plenty of floor space and height to repurpose it into a combined repair and maintenance garage for the company’s fleet of trucks and machinery along with three floors of office space to house their head office. Architect Ciaran Tobin’s brief was to design a spacious and functional working environment for staff whilst delivering a welcoming aesthetic for clients.
Tours of the facilities are conducted by the architect, the facility owners and their team. We can promise ‘it won’t be a rubbish day out!’
Tours 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm
Gort Convent of Mercy is an interesting and complex structure, having the form of a terraced town house to the front and a more typical convent form to the rear. The associated school building and foot bridge add further interest to the site. The Sisters of Mercy came to Gort in 1857, led by Sr Aloysius Doyle, a veteran of the Crimean war, establishing the convent in the pre-existing house.
Open on a ‘first come’ basis. Tours 11.30am & 2.30pm
Renovation of a former Magdalene Laundry to re-purpose as a contemporary domestic refuge to a high standard, with nine self-contained spacious and quality apartments, shared social and crèche facilities crafted within the existing building.
The scheme is currently under construction by Carey Building Contractors, and due for completion by the end of 2019. This tour will be led by SJK Architects and the Developers.
Modh Eile is a new home for Cope Galway’s Domestic Abuse Service.
No Disabled Access. This event is free, but pre booking via our website is essential.
Portumna Castle is a significant architectural monument representing an important stage in the evolution of Irish architecture during the transitional period of the early 17th century. In the castle yard east range a conservation project involved extensive works over a period 3 years and included safeguarding the building range against damage and structural failure. The project has resulted in the provision of new tea rooms, reception, visitor facilities and exhibition area at Portumna Castle.
Tours at 11.30 & 2.30
Open on a ‘first come’ basis.
Engage Art Studios (est 2004) has recently relocated to Churchfields, Lower Salthill. Transforming this former Christian Brothers monastery, school and chapel into an Art Gallery, Workshop and Artist Studios. Tours of the building will be offered which has preserved its original form and style. The simple formalised layout of the building is typical of religious complexes of the nineteenth century and this imposing street building continues to make an aesthetically pleasing and important architectural contribution to the locality.
Open on a ‘first come’ basis.
Modern architecture responded to the social needs of democracies in the twentieth century but was often beset by poor environmental performance. This talk will explore the value of these buildings and the reasons why we might conserve them. It will illustrate two case studies from Ireland which we are repurposing for the environmental challenges of the twenty first century.
John McLaughlin leads a design studio whose work has received many awards and has been noted for its elegance, understatement and playfulness. He represented Ireland at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2012 and 2014, and was an invited exhibitor in 2016. In 2015 his practice was named Best Emerging Practice by the RIAI.
Heffernans Butchers, with its faience tiled shopfront represents an important component of the built heritage of Ballina. Faience is a form of glazed stoneware or terracotta. Victorian manufacturers produced many catalogues showing the enormous range available and butchers’ shops used these tiles to produce a clean attractive finish.
This workshop will explore the processes involved in repairing this façade, including the making of moulds and the repair and reinstatement of the existing fabric. The conservation work is carried out by Nolans Group Ltd. with financial assistance from the Heritage Council under the Historic Towns Initiative and Shane Nolan will discuss and demonstrate the stages in the conservation process.
BENCHMARK is a multifaceted arts and heritage project produced by the Linenhall Arts Centre in which award-winning writer Mike McCormack is working with ten Mayo-based writers and ten visual artists from Engage Art Studios to explore aspects of bench marks and surveying in the context of local heritage.
A bench mark is a simple and elegant crows-foot-shaped mark which is carved into stone walls in our built environment all around the country. They were created during the 1800s to mark the height above sea level at particular locations and were used by ordnance surveyors to map the terrain.
The Linenhall Arts Centre is a fine example of successful adaptive re-use and the project theme resonates with the Linenhall Arts Centre insofar as the 18th century façade of the Linenhall building is home to a beautiful surveying bench mark. Many more of these bench marks survive in Castlebar and in towns all around Mayo, carved into stones on buildings, bridges and other structures of note, while others have disappeared as towns have developed.
The BENCHMARK PRELUDE exhibition will present details on a number of historic structures which retain bench marks in Castlebar.
Funding from Creative Ireland Mayo for this project is gratefully acknowledged.
Exhibition Continues Until 25th October 2019.
Open Daily 11am-5pm.
Paul Fahy, artistic director Galway International Arts Festival, will talk about finding and transforming buildings into cultural spaces - the poor infrastructural facilities in a city with such a strong sense and celebration of culture and the need for a permanent creative production hub and gallery space.
Paul will be joined in conversation with artist Deirdre O’Mahony who re-opened the former post office building at Killnaboy, County Clare as X-PO.
Superposition is a new collaborative research studio working between the varied contexts of Ireland, Hong Kong, and rural China. They speculate on the potential that new modes of making have in engaging with the pressing issues facing our increasingly globalised world.
Slowly and through a process of incremental change Dún Laoghaire Town and its waterfront is regenerating. Key to this process are place led public realm initiatives and building projects that reimagine and readapt old contexts to new purpose. The presentation will discuss this by reference to key projects such as the Metals Project, The DLR Lexicon, Georges Place Housing and importantly the regeneration of the Old Dún Laoghaire Baths that is currently under construction.
Bob Hannan, Senior Architect, DLRCC with Peter Carroll, A2 Architects.
Six decades after Maureen O’Hara and John Wayne arrived into a Co Galway railway station for the filming of John Ford’s The Quiet Man, a community campaign has seen the redevelopment of Ballyglunin Train Station which now provides a visitor experience celebrating the legacy of the film. This delightful former railway station not only represents an important element of the heritage of County Galway.
The station is also a meeting space, where the focus of discussion is on the possibilities for revitalization via other community driven initiatives. Attendees to this event are invited to engage in a consultative process in the creation of other potential creative outcomes for the locality.
Open on a ‘first come’ basis.
Tour of the historic planned town of Gort by local guides Sean & Noreen O’Connor who have researched how the town has adapted and changed its public and private buildings, and its public spaces to the ups and downs of events over the years with discussion on the way forward.
Open on a ‘first come’ basis.