Our mews house on Mariner’s Court, beside the Mariner’s Church in Dún Laoghaire was “topped out” last week (meaning that the structure is now complete). Our contractors Principal Construction are availing of the good weather to make the building watertight so that they can progress to the inside. They expect to have it finished by the summer. Mariner’s Court is just around the corner from our office on Adelaide Street. The house is on a compact mews site in an architectural conservation area. The ground floor consists of bedrooms and a study around a landscaped courtyard with living accommodation on the first floor. Windows are carefully positioned to give nice views without directly overlooking neighbour’s gardens. The design integrates traditional elements like the granite garden walls with modern timber-frame construction to deliver an A-rated environmental design incorporating solar power generation.
On the 15th February, at the invitation of the board, John will deliver a lecture titled Landscapes and Pavilions to the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto (FAUP).
Our new Exhibition Pavilion for the Hardiman Research Building in NUI Galway started on site today. The proposed structure is a flexible steel pavilion with hinged wall panels and a slatted ceiling integrating lighting. The structure can be easily resized and reshaped making use of the hinged wall panels, to offer a flexible exhibition space. The design enables many different spatial arrangements, from an open-plan rectangle similar to the current exhibition space, to a space broken into smaller shapes that bring the visitor on a journey. The new pavilion sits next to Ronnie Tallon’s original library building, a protected structure, and it reflects the rhythm of the architecture and spirit of the detailing in the original library building.
Our new café and visitor facilities for Blarney Castle has been granted planning permission by Cork County Council. Designed as a contemporary pavilion in the demense of the fifteenth century castle, it will provide refreshment and facilities for the over 300,000 people who visit the castle every year.
Date: Thursday 17.11.2016
Venue: ARCHITECTURAL ASSOCIATION OF IRELAND
JOLY THEATRE, HAMILTON BUILDING, Trinity College Dublin
Gary A. Boyd and John McLaughlin present Making Ireland Modern, a lecture on their exploration of the relationship between architecture, infrastructure and technology in the building of the nascent Irish nation. Their research is divided into ten infrastructural episodes – Negation, Electricity, Health, Transportation, Television, Aviation, Education, Telecommunications, Motorways, Data – spanning a period of one hundred years from 1916-2016. Exploring a range of scales from the detail design of objects to entire landscapes and other territories, Making Ireland Modern will describe architecture’s role in transforming the physical and cultural identity of the new state through its intercession in the everyday lives of its population.
The lecture will be a summation of their research originally presented as Infra Éireann – Making Ireland Modern at the 2014 International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, and currently presented to the public as Making Ireland Modern at the Real Tennis Court, Earlsfort Terrace until the 12th November. The exhibition is constructed as an open matrix of drawings, photographs, models and other artefacts presented under the aforementioned ten infrastructural episodes.
St Teresa’s is one of the oldest and busiest churches in Dublin city centre. The aisles were covered with a synthetic flooring several decades ago and this needs to be replaced. We have taken this opportunity to change the floor finish to stone in keeping with other parts of the church. We are also taking the opportunity to reorganise the areas around the altar to suit current needs. As the church is a protected structure we obtained planning permission from Dublin City Council for these changes. The stone is currently being quarried in Bergamo and will come to site early in the new year.
Our masterplan for St Mary’s, Donnybrook has been launched as part of the sale of the site. It was featured in a leader article in the Irish Times Commercial Property Supplement on 19th October 2016. Here is a link to the article – http://www.irishtimes.com/business/commercial-property/donnybrook-seminary-at-10m-may-be-top-residential-scheme-1.2833266
John McLaughlin was invited to speak at an international conference on waterfront regeneration at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016. titled Learning from Marghera and Other Waterfronts, the conference featured leading european case studies. John was speaking alongside; Ricky Burdett – Head of Cities at the LSE; Domenico Arcuri – CEO of Invitalia; Jurgen Bruns-Berentelg – CEO of Hamburg Halfencity; Maria Buhigas – Former Head of Planning in Barcelona; Francois Jalinot – CEO of Marseilles Euromédeterrainée; and Jerome Frost – head of consulting at Arup.
Making Ireland Modern 1916-2016, our centennial exhibition and research project has been highly commended in the RIAI awards 2016. The award was announced Friday, 24th June, at an awards ceremony in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham.
As part of the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale Reporting FromThe Front, La Biennale has commissioned a special exhibition looking at the transformation of post-industrial urban waterfronts. This is in the context of the future regeneration of Venice’s industrial port on the mainland shore of the lagoon, which is around three times the size of the historic city of Venice.
Curated by Stefano Recalcati, from the Polytecnico di Milano and Arup’s masterplanning group in Milan, the exhibition titled – Reporting from Marghera and Other Waterfronts – presents a series of case-studies in urban transformation. The featured cities include “renowned waterfronts” – Baltimore; Barcelona; Boston; Genoa; London; Marseilles; and Sydney, as well as “emerging waterfront cities” – Hamburg; Oslo; Santander; and Dublin where the John’s work on the docklands transformation is featured.
Our reconciliation rooms for St Teresa’s Church in Clarendon Street in central Dublin have been awarded a Special Mention by the jury in this year’s Architectural Association of Ireland (AAI) Awards. This tiny project measuring just 26m2 involved inserting two reconciliation rooms and a waiting area into a protected structure. The architectural language is crisp and modern but takes its cue from the existing church materials.
Our design for a contemporary mews house in the Dún Laoghaire Haigh Terrace Conservation area has won an appeal at An Bórd Pleanala. Following a successful planning application to DLR County Council, the decision was appealed by a third party. An Bórd Pleanala upheld the permission and commented that the design met all of the planning criteria applicable in this difficult site. The Bórd additionally commented that the high-quality contemporary design of the new mews will enhance the character of the Architectural Conservation Area. We have begun our detailed design work and plan to bring this project to construction stage over the next few months.
Infra-Éireann: Infrastructure and the Architectures of Modernity in Ireland 1916-2016 got a great review in the Irish Times. Professor Hugh Campbell of UCD who wrote the review commented that –
“Perhaps the most important achievement of this book is the manner in which it convincingly links individual works of architecture to the larger narrative of the State’s development. It insists the architecture must be understood in the larger social and political contexts which produce it, and which it then goes on to shape… The book thus stands as an important addition to the historiography of twentieth-century Ireland. More specifically, it will serve as an invaluable resource to anyone interested in the architecture of that period. For the way in which it provides vivid and compelling stories of nation building, it deserves to find a wide readership. It already looks set to become integral to any future study in the field: a new piece of intellectual infrastructure.”
You can read the entire review here: http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/infra-eireann-infrastructure-and-the-architectures-of-modernity-in-ireland-1916-2016-1.2487027
John will be speaking alongside Gary A.Boyd about the design of the Irish Pavilion at last year’s Venice Architecture Biennale at an international conference in the Jaap Bakema Study Centre in the Technical University (TU) Delft in Holland on the 1st December 2015. The conference, which is dedicated to the exhibition as a medium of dissemination of architectural research, is titled Research on Display, and john and Gary are speaking in a session dedicated to new curatorial approaches. Full information here.
Our work in Dublin Docklands and for ID2015 has been featured on the travel program Metropolis on ARTE Television – a station broadcast in both France and Germany. The program which looked at the culture of Dublin emerging from the economic crash featured an extensive interview with John along with performance artist Amanda Coogan, and filmmaker Alex Fegan. You can watch it here – Metropolis – and by inserting the password october
We have moved to new offices at Number 5 Adelaide Street, Dún Laoghaire. We may experience some disruption to our telephone and broadband on account of this so please call 087-7621768 if you experience difficulties contacting us.
John has been invited to talk about the work of John McLaughlin architects at the RIAI Annual Conference in the RDS on the 5th of October. Full details are available here: http://riaiconference.ie/speakers/
JMLA have won the RIAI Best Emerging Practice award for 2015. The award was conceived to emphasise the importance of ideas and a real philosophy for an emerging practice, and the jury commented: “John McLaughlin Architects is a practice that is putting architecture in a wider and international context – from their role as co-curator and co-commissioner of the Venice Architecture Biennale to architecture, education and master-planning. There is confidence in working at a range of scales and across various disciplines, while maintaining a focus on craftsmanship, details and materials. This is not only a new practice but a studio that demonstrates a new way of practicing in architecture.”
Open House was one of five winners of the Architectural Association of Ireland (AAI) Awards 2015 for excellence in architecture, it was announced today. The intention of the AAI Awards is to encourage higher standards of architecture throughout the country, to recognise projects which make a contribution to Irish architecture, and to inform the public of emerging directions in contemporary architecture. The jury included Oliver Wainwright – architecture critic with the Guardian newspaper (UK), Amelia Stein photographer (IRL), Kevin Carmody architect (UK), Ian McKnight architect (UK), and Sarah Cremin architect (IRL). An exhibition of the awards is open to the public at the City Assembly Rooms, 58 South William Street, Dublin 2. See www.architecturalassociation.ie for details and times.