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For this issue of Plan, we caught up with interior designer Fionuala Lennon, who recently made the move from running her own practice to taking on the role of Interior Design Principal at Wilson Architecture. Tasked with expanding Wilson’s interior design offer to include more projects across various sectors, Fionuala will be bringing her own distinctive design style to the new role at Wilson. The practice recently won the top award in two categories at the Building and Architect of the Year Awards 2021, including the “Building of the Year” award for its work on JCD’s Penrose Dock Office Scheme in Cork City.As she takes up her new role, Fionuala’s ambition is to create dynamic, modern and eclectic interiors and to focus on individual, bold creative solutions. To read more about her plans at Wilson, turn to page 6. Also in this issue, we take a look at the Momentum exhibition, the first public event to be held in the Irish Architecture Foundation’s HQ since March 2020. The exhibition features new work by Noreile Breen, Thomas O'Brien and Plattenbaustudio, created specially for the event. According to the IAF, Momentum allows space and time for the architects to test a theory, revisit an old idea afresh, or present a proposition without the constraints of the design and construction processes involved in making a building. Momentum is, says the Foundation, used as a stopping off point, a paused moment for reflection, for experiment and provocation. For more on the exhibition, go to page 4. Finally, this issue’s special project focus includes designs by Brennan Furlong, Conneely Wessels Architects, Urban Agency and JEKA Ltd. We hope you enjoy this issue and if you have any comments, drop me a line at

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Featuring the work of emerging architects, ‘Momentum’ has opened at the Irish Architecture Foundation


Projects by Brennan Furlong, Conneely Wessels Architects, Urban Agency and JEKA Ltd

6 Interior Design Fionuala Lennon is heading up Wilson Architecture’s newly-expanded interior design studio

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Zaha Hadid Architects has created a 3D-printed concrete bridge in Venice

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Taoiseach, Micheál Martin T.D. and Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin T.D recently announced that the contract for the design for the redevelopment at the historic Crawford Art Gallery has been awarded to Grafton Architects. The overall plan provides for the investment of some €29m in the redevelopment, including design, of the 200-year-old Gallery building over the next four years.

Institutions to revamp and modernise their facilities both in terms of visitor experience and storage of the national collections.

Crawford Art Gallery is a National Cultural Institution, located in the heart of Cork city and dedicated to the visual arts, both historic and contemporary. The collection comprises over 3,000 works, ranging from eighteenth-century Irish and European painting and sculpture, through to contemporary video installations. It has over 260,000 visitors per year. Crawford Art Gallery is located in an important historic building, parts of which date back to the early eighteenth century. The building needs significant enhancement to meet the evolving demands of a dynamic National Cultural Institution. Through Project Ireland 2040, the Government is investing €460 million in Ireland's National Cultural

As part of this overall plan, Grafton Architects have now been selected as the principal design consultants following a two-stage procurement process. They will be responsible for providing all construction-related technical advice and design services to the Crawford Art Gallery and the OPW in respect of the Project.

The Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin T.D approved last September the business plan for the Crawford Gallery which will involve the investment of some €29m in the total redevelopment of the building.

Grafton Architects are an internationally renowned architecture firm with projects spanning from Milford to Milan, and from Lima to London, and I have no doubt that they will bring their experience and skills to bear in interpreting and developing the unique characteristics of the Crawford Art Gallery.”

Grafton Architects noted: “The Grafton Architects Team is honoured to have been chosen, and is looking forward to working with all those involved, to engage with the wonderful and ambitious plans for the present and future of Crawford Art Gallery. We see the project as a unique opportunity for this highly regarded National cultural institution to consolidate its status as a highly treasured national, international and local institution.” Grafton Architects is an award winning international architecture studio based in Dublin. From this base, the practice has completed many significant and prestigious buildings in Ireland and internationally. Recent projects include the completed university building in Toulouse, France, the new city library on Parnell Square in Dublin and the headquarters building for the ESB on Fitzwilliam Street in Dublin’s Georgian core. As principal design consultants, Grafton Architects will be responsible for providing all constructionrelated technical advice and design services to the Crawford Art Gallery and the OPW in respect of the Project.


The winning Irish entries for the ninth cycle of the International Concrete Design Competition for students of architecture and related disciplines have been announced. The competition attracted entries from University College Dublin, University of Limerick, TUDublin, GMIT and Queens University Belfast. ‘FORM-WORKS’ was the theme for this competition cycle and entries were adjudicated on by a panel which included Jeanna Gearty of O’Donnell + Tuomey, Steve Larkin of Steve Larkin Architects, Donal O’Donohue of COADY Architects and Jim Mulholland of TODD Architects. The winning project, entitled ‘Concrete Stratigraphy’ was submitted by Orla McKeever from TUDublin. The jury noted: “We really enjoyed how this entry explored opportunities in the casting process at

the molecular level. Ideas are clear, fully integrated and methodically tested, recorded and represented. The final cast is a vibrant object full of colour and character. The concepts and processes could be easily tested further and incorporated into larger scale building processes for vibrant and crafted concrete. The testing and introduction of concepts that are sympathetic to the casting process, and the richness of inquiry at the molecular level, is particularly suitable to the competition brief and we are delighted to offer first prize to the entrant. We look forward to seeing further development in the subsequent masterclass sessions.”

The jury selected four ‘highly commended’ projects which were submitted by Kate Newe from UCD, John Theodore Moran from Queens, Katy Rea from UL School of Architecture and

Eimer Fitzpatrick from TUDublin. The jury also noted three entries for ‘honourable mention’. These included Ciara Fahy from UCD and Brian Gargan and Jack Prendergast, both from TUDublin. In addition to receiving cash prizes, Orla, Kate, Eimer, Katy and John have been invited to attend an International Workshop where they will be joined by winning students from Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. The Competition, which is funded in Ireland by Cement Manufacturers Ireland (CMI) has been running for almost 20 years and is being hosted by Ireland for the second time. The International Workshop which was due to be held physically in TUDublin in late August has been modified into a hybrid event which will be arranged virtually and will include several keynote lectures which will be open to the public.

NCAD STUDENT WINS KINGSPAN COMPETITION Aedán Hamrock, a first-year art and design student at the National College of Art & Design (NCAD), has been named the overall winner of the Kingspan 'Reuse, Recycle, Repurpose' sustainable design competition. The sustainable design challenge, created and sponsored by Kingspan Water & Energy, offered NCAD students the opportunity to showcase their talents in designing and creating objects using second-life material. The competitors were working with powder that was created from recycled Kingspan oil tanks and other Kingspan products. The purpose of the competition was to showcase the importance of and possibilities for re-using plastics. Aedán's winning design, titled 'Energy Data Visualization', impressed the judges not only through the actual design but with the conceptual meaning behind his work. This 46 Plan Magazine I Issue 4 2021

installation piece seeks to communicate some of the advantages and drawbacks of different sources of energy through "data physicalisation", comparing energy sources like solar, wind, gas and nuclear in terms of carbon emissions generated per energy unit. As part of the 'Reuse, Recycle, Repurpose' initiative, Kingspan donated a laser cutter to NCAD. The final creations were brought to life by the new technology, creating an array of impressive final pieces, varying from desktop storage stations to customizable jewellery. The three other highly commended entries were from Thomas Kelly from Kilteel, Co. Kildare, Nikolas Ryan from Ringsend, Dublin and Al Fartukh from Ongar, Dublin.

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“Keep moving forward” cites Vincent Murphy, George Quinn’s man on the road, he added “we keep it simple, listen to the customer and provide a solution, we believe this is the reason George Quinn Ltd have been supplying stair parts for over five decades to both staircase manufacturers and builders providers”. George Quinn Ltd will launch their new brochure in August along with three new modern collections. The company’s ethos is apparent within the brochure which reflects the diverse range of stair parts available including wood, paint, glass and now our new metal spindles called the Matrix collection. Easy to fit and available in a black powder coated finish, no need for further finishing. Metal is becoming increasingly specified by architects and designers, Matrix is perfect for this market. Vincent added “with no time to waste, we are now working with a number of architects and designers on our 2022 ranges. George Quinn Ltd have truly evolved into a one stop stair shop by adding literally “another string to our bow” sourcing lime wood stair strings from European sawmills to complement our existing string and tread products, lime wood is a hardwood with very close grain which is perfect for painting, it’s

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SIKA ANNOUNCES NEW ONLINE KNOWLEDGE CENTRE Sika has launched an eLearning platform, the Knowledge Centre, allowing practicing architects and specifiers to expand their skills and keep up to date on the very latest developments, innovations and regulatory requirements relating to a wide range of construction materials, all available from an easy to navigate, intuitive online platform. The Sika Knowledge Centre comprises a series of online learning modules and resources. The company has created the content by utilising its global experience and expertise, working across a range of application areas, from roofing and waterproofing to concrete repairs, flooring and sealing and bonding. Users simply register on the Knowledge Centre platform and then have access to a series of different modules, relating to various products and sectors. Modules are categorised under different product groups to enable the user to personalise the experience to their areas of interest. As modules are completed, the user's profile is updated accordingly, providing a record of their ongoing learning. Industry professionals will be able to access a range of live and on-demand webinars and training presentations, e-learning

modules, how-to videos and hybrid training across roofing, flooring, waterproofing, refurbishment and concrete repairs. Modules available at the launch include Total Corrosion Management, Fibre

Reinforced Concrete, Fully Bonded Waterproofing Membranes, Pushing the Envelope – High Rise and Facades. Further modules will be added on a monthly basis.

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