The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) is rolling-out a series of walks and talks to celebrate Irish architecture this spring.
Each ‘Walk + Talk’ event is open to the public and free of charge and will see some of Ireland’s top architects leading tours of celebrated Irish architecture.
Paul Dillon of Paul Dillon Architects will give a tour of his award winning Carnaun National School in Athenry, Co. Galway this Saturday, 1 March, at 2pm.
Carnaun National School was one of only four projects shortlisted in the RIAI Annual Irish Architecture Awards 2013 and was commended by the jury.
Speaking about the RIAI Walks + Talks, Mr Dillon said he welcomes any initiative that opens architecture to the public, in particular to buildings that they may not have access to otherwise.
“The Walk + Talk I will be conducting is in Carnaun National School in Athenry. This project is essentially a school extension but with some clear thinking we developed it into a very user-friendly, practical and well-integrated building. It is robust architecture set in an agricultural landscape.”
He explained that the extension to the existing four classroom national school consists of a new classroom, resource room and general office. “The new classroom is larger than standard and is designed so that it can double as an assembly room when required. The design placed the new extension to the front of the school, creating a formal main entrance, which the school had previously lacked. The scale and design of the new entrance portal announces the building as an important community building.”
Orla Murphy, who reviewed the project for the RIAI Annual Review, Irish Architecture, said, “The skill of making an addition to a building which – despite being unambiguously contemporary in its detailing – seems to have always been there, produces what is a finely honed contextual response to both landscape and typological language.”
The event is free however booking is required through the RIAI website at www.riai.ie.