New Architecture: Ireland

Project Description


Date: 2015

Conceived, designed and curated by AP+E and funded by Irish Design 2015 and the Irish Embassy Network, New Architecture: Ireland is a traveling architecture exhibition that presents the work of six young Irish offices that have emerged during the recent economic crisis. Ireland’s financial woes during this period are well documented and this has had an enormous impact on the construction and design sector. This shift has forced architects/designers to refocus and in this way these bleak times have produced new offices and ways of thinking.

With Ireland’s successful emergence out of the EU/IMF bailout and the new growth of the economy, the tide is now starting to turn. This exhibition presents these new voices in architecture that have weathered the storm and the promise they hold for architecture both in Ireland and internationally. 

The six offices featured are; CulturstructionDonal Colfer ArchitectsSultUrban AgencyVAV & AP+E, with an introductory essay written by John McLaughlin.

The exhibition opens in Tallinn as part of the Tallinn Architecture Biennale on the 12th of September. Located at Solaris, it will be formally opened at 19.00 by the Irish Ambassador Frank Flood.

Following this New Architecture: Ireland travels to Copenhagen and opens on the 5th of October at the Kunstakademiets Designskole (KADK) in Copenhagen. On the 19th of October Irish Minister Gerald Nash TD will visit the exhibit as part of an ID2015 delegation. There will also be a panel discussion, starting at 4pm, with both Danish & Irish representatives discussing ‘collaborative practice’ followed by a reception. 

The exhibit will be in Oslo at the Arkitektur- og designhøgskolen i Oslo (AHO) from the 26th until the 30th of October. On Thursday the 29th Peter Carroll of A2 Architects, will discuss their project Pulp Press along with other works.

The final location for New Architecture: Ireland is the Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan (KTH) in Stockholm. Shelly McNamara of Grafton Architects will give a lecture to formally launch the exhibit on the 16th of November. The exhibit will be in place until the 30th of November. 

ID2015 is a year-long initiative backed by the Irish government exploring, promoting and celebrating Irish design throughout Ireland and internationally. The programme for the year includes presenting the work of Irish designers at high profile events in design capitals across the globe. ID2015 is about achieving change through design.

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