Global Brain Health Institute part of Open House Dublin 2018

The Global Brain Health Institute at Trinity College Dublin will be open to the public as part of Open House Dublin 2018.

These new facilities form part of an international research initiative to reduce the scale and impact of dementia. The building has been designed to provide a distinctive place to support this. A circular central space within a set of linked, timber-lined rooms and spaces designed to encourage and facilitate collaboration and innovation. The central space features an interactive ceiling – an innovative piece of lighting design which responds to the behaviour of participants.

McCullough Mulvin Architects will give guided tours of the building from 2pm-5pm on Sunday 14th October. 

Thapar University Student Accommodation makes Shortlist for World Architecture Festival

Thapar University Student Accommodation has been shortlisted for the prestigious World Architecture Festival Awards. Designed by McCullough Mulvin with DesignPlus Associates, Delhi, the project is a finalist in the Higher Education and Research category. Finalists are invited to present their projects at the World Architecture Festival 2018 held in Amsterdam on 28th - 30th Novemeber . The winners will be announced at the closing gala.

RIAI Awards 2018 - Thapar University Student Accommodation wins Best International Building

The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) has announced on Friday, 8 June the winners of 2018 RIAI Architecture Awards at a ceremony in Dublin’s Mansion House. 

The awards recognise the quality of work carried out by RIAI members in 2017 and highlight the contribution that Irish architects make to society for everyone’s benefit.

Now in their 29th year and with 15 categories, this year’s shortlist included 32 projects, spanning 12 counties across Ireland as well as an international project in India.  The jury chose 20 overall winners and gave awards to 12 Highly Commended and 8 Commended entries.  2018 saw the highest number of entries to the awards since before the recession and the standard was so high that the jury also selected 63 projects for exhibition, which will be shown at the RIAI offices and online later this year.  

Appointment of New Directors - Corán O'Connor and Ronan O'Connor

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McCullough Mulvin Architects are delighted to announce the appointment of Corán O'Connor B Arch, BSc Arch Tech, MRIAI and Ronan O'Connor B Arch, MRIAI as Directors of the Company, joining Valerie Mulvin, Niall McCullough and Ruth O'Herlihy.
Corán and Ronan joined the practice in 2005 and are both design-focused architects and project team leaders, working across multiple sectors on many award winning projects for the practice, in Ireland and abroad, including UCC Beaufort Maritime Research Building, the Military Archives in Dublin, St Mary’s Medieval Mile Museum in Kilkenny and, currently, Printing House Square student accommodation for Trinity College Dublin, and Thapar University India.

St. Mary's Medieval Mile Museum Shortlisted for The Plan Award

THE PLAN AWARD is an award created and promoted by THE PLAN to disseminate knowledge of and improve the quality of the work done by designers, academics, critics and students in the architecture, design and city planning fields, thereby promoting debate on topical design and planning themes. 

St. Mary's Medieval Mile Museum has been shortlisted in the Culture category. 

Medieval Mile Museum and Displaced Longitude Exhibition, Chapel Royal

Two images represent parallel exploration of contemporary design and its relationship to history through the medium of film and the process of radical intervention into existing structures.

St Mary’s Medieval Mile Museum in Kilkenny - selected for the 2018 International Domus Restoration and Preservation Prize curated by the University of Ferrara - is built around a semi-ruined medieval church. Found elements like the exposed roof timbers have been retained; new elements, carefully researched, have been constructed in folded timber and lead on medieval foundations to restore the original outline of the church destroyed at the Reformation. Internally, the new elements create new spatial relationships; the taut timber-lined chancel room becomes a focus at the Eastern end. 
This contemporary exploration of historic form is mirrored in the Displaced Longitude exhibition in the Chapel Royal in Dublin Castle, where three films play across Gothic structure - moving form spliced and cut by vaulted ceilings. The three films - originally shown in the Alvaro Siza Sao Bento Metro Station in Porto, Portugal - can all be seen from one point. They present practice projects (including St Mary’s) simultaneously but from different angles and at different levels of engagement to architectural perception - as ideas, as realities, and somewhere between - perception enhanced by the monstrous capacity of drones.  

Phase 1 of Thapar University Student Residences Completed

The Thapar University project in the Indian Punjab completes the campus grid with two ‘bookends’, the student residences and a Learning Podium with library, lecture theatres and a computer centre, two hubs linked by shaded pergola walkways. The main student residences are made up of seven towers; like chessmen, the towers establish a series of geometric relationships with one another in a walled garden, with a web of floating walkways above. They provide an innovative new model of high-density student living with bedrooms and social spaces - a mini-city - in an environmentally controlled environment, with extensive shading, water and green space.

Phase 1 of the student residences has now been completed and the buildings are fully occupied; four large L-shaped towers contain bedrooms for 1200 students around an ascending network of interlocking double-height common rooms; each tower is clothed in a red jaali screen surface - the other three blocks are due to be completed in 2019; a separate white block of student housing stands adjacent to it. Thapar University represents Irish architects working in the wider world; the unique design has been achieved through profound collaboration with the University, with our partners DPA Architects in Delhi and in the context of the great tradition of contemporary architecture in India such as the work of 2018 Pritsker winner Balkrishna Doshi; an Irish ability to listen, to become involved, is a part of this process. India is experiencing a massive expansion in its infrastructure - not least in education - and our practice is honoured to be participating in this development. Everything in India is made through a process of discussion and agreement, finding sustainable ways to build, to live and to make architecture in a very particular climate and culture. 

McCullough Mulvin wins American Architecture Prize for the Beaufort Maritime Energy & Research Laboratory

The Beaufort Maritime & Energy Research Laboratory has won an American Architecture Prize for Design of the Year in the Educational Buildings category. The American Architecture Prize honours designs in the disciplines of architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture with the goal of advancing the appreciation of architecture worldwide. Each submitted design was evaluated by the esteemed AAP Jury on its own merit on the dimensions of Design Excellence, Innovation and Function. McCullough Mulvin is the only Irish practice among this year's winners. The official awards ceremony will be held in New York later this month.

Waterford Fire Station awarded Merit at Structural Steel Design Awards 2017

Waterford Fire Station was awarded a Merit at the Structural Steel Design Awards held in London on October 4th 2017. Organised by the British Constructional Steelwork Association and Steel for Life, the Structural Steel Design Awards recognise the high standards of structural and architectural design attainable in the use of steel and its potential in terms of efficiency, cost effectiveness, aesthetics and innovation. A total of 17 projects were shortlisted, with Waterford Fire Station being the only shortlisted project from Ireland. 

DISPLACED LONGITUDE opens in Sao Bento Metro Station, Porto

DISPLACED LONGITUDE, an exhibition on the work of McCullough Mulvin, was officially opened on 26th Sept 2017 by Irish Ambassador Orla Tunney. The exhibition takes place in the Sao Bento Metro Station in Porto and features three films projected from a central timber tower in the station's busy concourse. It runs until 20th Oct 2017, and is supported by Culture Ireland, Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, and the Portuguese Embassy of Ireland..

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Upcoming Exhibition in Sao Bento Metro Station, Porto

The four week exhibition in the Porto Sao Bento metro station starting in September 2017 will show the architectural work of McCullough Mulvin Architects in Dublin to a Portuguese and international audience. The main concourse of Sao Bento, located beside the main Porto railway station, is a much-used exhibition space in the city. It is appropriate that work from an Irish practice should be shown in Porto. The two countries share extraordinary similarities of location in Europe - the Atlantic, large neighbours to the East. Their differences are ones of latitude not longitude. 

The exhibition illustrates McCullough Mulvin’s architecture in Ireland and in India through seven current projects; buildings exploring the fertile relationship of architecture, nature and time - architecture like natural form in tense or loose geometries, or new adhering to old like moss to stones. The exhibition will be through the medium of film within and around a timber pavilion in the main concourse. It comprises three films that are about current architectural projects - completed, in design evolution, one under construction. Two are of urban scale - Thapar University in the Indian Punjab and Trinity College in Dublin, where the practice has built three major projects in an historic university. Another two projects are palimpsests, partly new and partly old - St Mary’s Medieval Mile Museum in Kilkenny and the Military Archives project in Dublin, where new elements are like accretions on older ones. And three relate specifically to ideas of ‘constructed’ geographies - Kishoge School in west Dublin, the Beaufort Laboratory in Cork and Waterford Fire Station in Waterford City.

All seen from one point, the films present the projects simultaneously but from different angles. They are about different architectural perceptions - as ideas, as realities, and somewhere between - perception enhanced by the monstrous capacity of drones. Some of the buildings cannot be fully understood without their ‘place’, others construct one, all are influenced by template of nature at the largest scale and the smallest scale of rocks, fissures, moss.


The exhibition will open on September 26th and run for four weeks. McCullough Mulvin Architects will deliver a lecture towards the close of the exhibition in the Sao Bento Metro Station. 

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