Caherciveen Library & Arts Centre

The site for the Caherciveen project is located on a corner at the entrance of the town, sloping from the urban edge of New Market Street to the Fair Green with views to the hills beyond. The brief includes a library, local area offices, a theatre and art gallery around a covered public space - a forum for the whole town with spaces to meet, think and create, offering potential synergy between activities. 

The plan makes a ramped pedestrian route within a rectangular ground plan; spaces are set around it, with offices at an upper level. This is a free-standing building; there are four facades - it can be accessed from all sides; the form is slate-clad, a hard quartz-like, light reflective mound shaped by the double-height spaces within. It is both landscape and ancient monument, bringing the extraordinary context of South Kerry into the streets.