Rush Library

St Maur's Church dominates the village green on the Western edge of Rush. Fingal County Council commissioned McCullough Mulvin Architects to transform it into the town library. The work combined investigation and conservation of the existing structure with a particular concern for the rescue of ordinary materials, making a distinctive intervention into it, an undulating walnut plane which fills the nave, the shape barely contained, pushing tensely against the older shell. 

On plan, it is like a clump of seaweed, reference to its marine location. In section, it forms an inverted U, the space between, formed like a city street, deforms the route from entrance to 'altar', forcing it to meander, glimpses of a coloured termination lost and found again. 

Externally, the churchyard became a garden, strips of concrete inset with names of the town and library interspersed with channels planted with grasses and vegetables. The spirit of the graveyard - and the town's agricultural basis - extended for a new generation.

As featured on Archiseek and Archello