Archive for October, 2012

Saint Columba’s College tour 23rd of February 1:00pm

A Guided tour of Saint Columba’s College 1968-71/ Robin Walker/ Scott Tallon Walker Architects: guided by Simon Walker

Extract from STW book : Scott Tallan Walker 100 buildings and projects 1960-2005/ Gandon Editions
“This science block was designed by Robin Walker as an addition to a 19th-century boys secondary college in south Dublin. It provides accommodation for physics , chemistry and biology laboritories.”

Technology: Double Skin wall separated by 2ft wide void. Space between inner and outer skins permit easy maintenance. Dimension of the interstitial space between skins is determined by the dimensions of the lattice roof structure.

CPD points will be available for Docomomo members, Booking Essential, because of public liablity requirements only docomomo members will be allowed on site, single event membership must be paid for prior to arrival.

Recalling Modernist Architecture: destruction, retention, restoration presented by Catherine Croft , Director of the 20th Century Society

DOCOMOMO IRELAND and the ROYAL HIBERNIAN ACADEMY invite you to an evening of talks and discussion on the disappearance of modern buildings in Ireland such as the IMCO factory (1932-39, dem. 1975, Merrion Road, Dublin). The evening, which coincides with the exhibition of the film Something New Under the Sun by Gavin Murphy, is entitled:

Recalling Modernist Architecture: destruction, retention, restoration
Keynote speaker: Catherine Croft, Director of Twentieth Century Society, UK

Thursday 18 October 2012 from 17h00 at the RHA until 18h45, Ely Place, Dublin 2.

Building of the Month October Meander

Copyright Alice Clancy

Meander was designed by Alan and Mairin Hope and built in 1939 as a home for their family. Considered to be one of Ireland’s most significant modernist houses, it is a two storey modest villa carefully located in a sylvan context to maximize on light and shelter. In combination with the series of ponds and lawns, is a rich and varied woodland setting which was developed into a modulated informal context for a house with a material quality and scale that is in conversation with the rest of its site.
The house is essentially single loaded with the bedrooms and reception rooms located to south and west, embracing the garden; circulation, storage and bathrooms are twisted in to the North side of the house with particular views framed in the gaps between them. Many of the reception rooms are triple aspect & gain advantage of sun throughout the day from early morning to late in the evening. The issue of threshold is explored thoroughly around the house – the continental model of blurring or overlapping the inside with the outside is used to maximise the experiential and the tactile which also translates through to the inside of the house.
Cedar clad both inside and out, Meander sits on a brick plinth that gives slight elevation and allows seamless linkage to terraces and garden. It retains its original steel windows & finishes internally including furniture, joinery, surfaces and colours. It remains in the full time use of the family to this day.

Alice Clancy