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Central Bank Competition

We’re getting close to the end of registration, thanks to for posting our link on their website:

If you have registered and you have NOT received an link to the competition files with 48 hours, or a reply to your contact, please , please check your spam settings ( it seems that if you are using a hotmail account this is more of a problem).

Thanks All.

AGM: Monday 28th January at 6:30 pm

The Docomomo AGM will be held on Monday 28th January at 6:30 pm sharp at the ECO-UNESCO ‘the greenhouse’17 St., Andrew St.,Dublin 2.
The AGM will be 1 hour .


1. Presidents’ Address
2. Treseaurers’ Address ( Presentation of Accounts)
3. Secretaries’ Address
4. Appointment of Officer’s
5. All other business

If you wish to be part of the Docomomo Committee please make contact via our website. We meet once a month, except for the summer, the workload is very light and the spirit of the committee is collaborative.

Central Bank in the 21st Century


DoCoMoMo Ireland presents Central Bank in the 21st Century: an open design competition to develop ideas for what the building might become.
The architectural ideas competition seeks to generate discussion among designers and decision-makers about the future of the Central Bank building. The competition is open to all and offers a prize fund of €1500. The competition opens on 1st December 2012 – registration is via Submission of entries is 1st March 2013. The assessors are drawn from strategic planning, architecture, culture, architectural history and current affairs backgrounds.

What will become of the Central Bank?
The Headquarters of the Central Bank of Ireland on Dame Street in Dublin, (Stephenson & Gibney Associates, 1980) may soon be vacated by its current occupants. The question is: what will become of this iconic building?
In recent years, the Central Bank HQ has become emblematic of the struggle between democratic and corporate interests. During its 32-year history it has evoked many passions – ranging from revulsion to admiration – but it is ultimately a symbol of modern Ireland, constructed with an air of defiance during a cruel recession. In our current straitened circumstances this competition seeks to encourage once more a certain disregard for convention, a quest for adventure and an exploration of possibilities.




Architectural Ideas Competition
Launching 1st December 2012
Watch this space.

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

Visit To Meander 20th October 2012 2:30 PM

Docomomo is delighted to announce a visited to Meander guided by Ruth O’Herlihy

20th OCTOBER 2012 2:30 PM

This is a unique opportunity to visit a truly inspiring House and be
guided by an expert on the building. Meander is a cedar-clad detached
house dating from 1939 designed by Alan and Máirín Hope. Long
recognised as a fine example of Modernism in Ireland, it retains all
original fittings and furnishings in a mature landscape context and is
currently lived in by their grand-daughter and her family.

To attend please email with your name by
September 20th, attendance is limited to 30 people in total, there is
a fee of 5 euro per visitor ( payable on the day). Tours will be given
of the house and the garden in groups of ten.

To attend you must be a member of Docomomo, Membership is available
online here:

CPD points will be confirmed at a later time.

Visit to Central Bank 17th of September 6:30 2012

Docomomo is very excited to announce a visit to the Central Bank , guided by Miriam Fitzpatrick

17th SEPTEMBER 2012 6:30 PM

The visit will take place on Monday the 17th of September at 6:30 pm.

Attendance is limited to 10 people. This is a very rare opportunity to
see inside a “most emphatic c20 architectural presence” as described by
Christine Casey. Hugely innovative for its time, the structural system
meant that each floor was built at ground level and then lifted into
place with all its service equipment and fittings in place. Bands of
floor-to-ceiling glazing offer dramatic views of the city.

To attend, please register your interest by emailing with your name by Tuesday August 17th.
10 names will be drawn from a hat from members that have expressed an
interest. The bank asked to clear the names and address of those

To attend you must be a member of Docomomo, Membership is available
online here:

Book Launch i.e. Patterns of Thought

i.e Patterns of Thought : Book Launch
Text compiled and edited by Ellen Rowley
with Maxim Laroussi

Tuesday 12th June, from 6pm – 8pm, in City Assembly Rooms (on corner
of South William Street/Coppinger Row).

Ruairi Quinn is launching the book and the event will be great: with a
sound piece in an intriguing Dublin interior, to be enjoyed with

The book is a miscellany of architectural writings – from forgotten
lectures (by Seamus Heaney and Robin Walker for example) to
journalistic polemics and quiet contemplations. There are 28 pieces to
enjoy… and the book is a lovely object in itself.

Please come along….