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1st Floor, 103 Newtown Park, Malahide Road Industrial Park, Coolock, Dublin 17. Tel: 01 848 2286 Mobile: 087 4184353 Publisher MCD Media Ltd. Subscriptions and Circulation, Accounts / Administration Linda Doran Managing Editor Michael McDonnell Editor Denise Maguire Production/Design Catherine Kelleher Circulation:

For this month’s issue, we asked our readers to send us in projects that were completed in the past 12 months or so for our ‘Best of 2020’ feature. We received so many submissions that we couldn’t fit them all into this issue. The next issue of Plan will include a ‘Best of 2020 Part Two’ so if you submitted a project and you don’t see it here, we’ll be including it in the next issue. As always, thank you to everyone that took the time to put together a submission and send it in.

Elsewhere in this issue, we take a look at Irish furniture and lighting designer Leo Scarff who has just launched a new online product website. No stranger to anyone in the design industry, Leo’s been producing lighting, sculptural and furniture structures in Ireland since 1997. Now based in the Glenade Valley in North Leitrim, he’s very much focused on creating clever, functional products while supporting local and national businesses, whether they be material suppliers or component producers. On pages 6 and 7, you’ll find a selection of his beautiful yet simple designs.

Last month it was announced that Valerie Mulvin, Director at McCullough Mulvin Architects, was appointed to Aosdána, the affiliation of creative artists in Ireland. She’s in good company, joining the likes of Tom de Paor, Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, Niall McLaughlin, Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey. Aosdána, founded in 1981, honours artists whose work has made an outstanding contribution to the creative arts in Ireland and assists members in devoting their energies fully to their art. Congratulations to Valerie on her well-deserved achievement. We hope you enjoy this issue and if you have any comments or opinions, drop me a line at Enjoy!

Denise Maguire Editor

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ISSUE 5 2020

4 News

A round-up of what’s been happening in the industry

10 The Best of 2020, Part 1

Projects by Douglas Wallace, Avanti Architects, Louise Sliney, JEK Architects, Reddy Architecture + Urbanism and Fergal McGirl Architects

6 Spotlight on… Leo Scarff Design The Irish furniture and lighting design company has launched a new platform for its work

48 Delight

London studio Morris + Company has designed a modular and prefabricated housing system that’s aimed at the South American market

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Since September 2017, the pupils and staff of St Bronagh’s primary school have enjoyed their learning and teaching in a new school building with associated amenities and facilities. With the backdrop of Slievemeen mountain and the proximity of Carlingford Lough as influential planning considerations, the architectural practice of d-on architects Ltd began its work in 2014 designing and creating a contemporary, fit for purpose school, at one with its landscape, yet conceived to overcome the challenges of a narrow-elongated site. The pupils of St Bronagh’s have a long tradition of championing environmental improvement projects, including the monitoring of swifts nesting in the swift boxes that have now been integrated into the external walls of the school. The school enjoys both Ambassador Eco-School and Green Flag status. Its’ own ECO council works tirelessly to maintain an ecofriendly building. It was no surprise then when d-on architects chose Colinwell’s EchoCheck Acoustic Block, which is manufactured from 65% recycled aggregates for the interior of the school’s multi-purpose hall. The selection further affirmed the primary school’s own green credentials, while satisfying the requirements of BB93 and most importantly creating a quieter and more pleasant space. By choosing Colinwell’s EchoCheck Acoustic Block, the architectural practice d-on architects affirmed that “the acoustics in the multi-purpose hall were softened and incorporated into patterns on each wall and acoustic quilt above the suspended radiant heating panels. The acoustic blocks gave a robust wall finish with the additional benefit of built-in sound absorption.” Paul McMahon, project architect with d-on architects, explained that he and his design team worked with a “nucleus of people with a single goal in mind; to create a wonderful new building for the pupils, staff and community in Rostrevor.” He added: “The building is inspired by the amazing landscape surrounding Rostrevor. The school form responds to the landscape and introduces a sedum roof which provides an additional green space for wildlife on a site that was once covered with tarmacadam. The teaching spaces are located to capture the views across Kilbroney Park and the mountains. Natural light is provided to all teaching spaces by large areas of glazing and roof lights. The exposed timber ceilings in the classrooms create spaces that are airy and welcome.” HOW COLINWELL ECHOCHECK ACOUSTIC BLOCKS WORK…

shows the Absorption Coefficient of commonly used construction materials and finishes.

The Colinwell EchoCheck Acoustic Block, with a fair face/paint grade finish, eliminates the need for either visually obtrusive or imposed compromises such as panels, screens or curtains which are prone to damage and can potentially interfere with some games. The Colour Palette for EchoCheck Acoustic Blocks comprises 16 colours, all of which can be seen on the Colinwell Masonry site Colinwell EchoCheck Blocks are: • Fire resistant and load bearing • Robust • Maintenance free • Able to withstand frequent impact The Colinwell EchoCheck Acoustic Block is suitable for use in many construction applications including: • Plant rooms • Classrooms • Lecture theatres • Sound barriers [Road and Rail] • Gymnasiums • Swimming pools • Arenas

The Colinwell EchoCheck Acoustic Block allows design teams to address sound control issues and to provide a low maintenance Fair-Face finish in one product. The rate of sound energy absorbed by any surface, known as the absorption coefficient, will have a factor between 1 and 0, with 1 being complete sound absorption and 0 being full reflection. The table

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NEOLITH SPECIFIED FOR VILLA DESIGNED BY FAMOUS DUTCH ARCHITECTS, JAN DES BOUVRIE AND DIK SMEDING Neolith, an architectural surface that has evolved from traditional ceramic, has been specified for a 700m² villa just outside Amsterdam. The product is 100% sustainable and made of granite and glass minerals as well

the country, they were able to create a tasteful environment for the homeowners, which also serves as a tranquil space in which they can relax. Bookmatched Estatuario Polished was used for the statement wall behind a mirrored fireplace, drawing the eye to the centre of the room. The flooring of all three levels of the house are covered in Beton, which fits in perfectly with the urban design brief due to its cementitious design. Specified in Silk finish, the floor brings the outdoors ‘in’ while providing some traction, preventing the risk of slipping. The light hue also makes the already expansive home appear even larger, allowing guests to focus on the vibrant design accents throughout the space.

as natural oxides. Two of Neolith’s popular designs – Italian Carrara-inspired Calacatta and Estatuario – were specified via Michel Oprey & Beisterveld, the Neolith distributor in the region, for the walls and floors of nearly every room in the villa, cleverly offsetting the brand’s take on poured concrete, the textured Beton Silk. The villa’s owners wanted an urban space that would match the serene landscape that encircles it, but which would stand out as soon one stepped inside. They sought the expertise of Dutch architects and interior designers, Jan des Bouvrie, who is best known for his 1969 “kubusbank sofa”, and Dik Smeding, neither of whom are strangers to upscale residential projects. Having worked on several high-end penthouses and commercial buildings across 46 Plan Magazine I Issue 5 2020

The homeowners were so taken by Neolith’s Classtone range that they decided to specify award-winning Calacatta in both smooth, Silk finish and glossy Polished finish for all five of their bathrooms. Polished was used for the walls, to give a reflective effect which opens up the space and Silk finish for the floors to provide a muted look with more grip. The material was also endmatched in each bathroom. At first, this proved a challenge due to the sloping walls, however Neolith’s fabricators in Amsterdam, Stone & Skills, was able to cut the tiles for a perfect fit.

uniform, immersive space in each one, minimising maintenance and reducing the risk of moisture damage due to Neolith’s waterproof properties. The highlight of the project is the application of Neolith between the living room and terrace. When the floor-to-ceiling windows are open, the home and garden become one continuous space, creating an illusion of fluidity. The 6mm thickness of Beton Silk also proved useful for covering the existing terrace tiles, eliminating the need for additional labour to remove the old flooring. The material which was used indoors was also applied outdoors because of Neolith’s weatherproof properties. Mar Esteve Cortes, Neolith CMO, said: “Neolith is popular among homeowners in both city and countryside environments due to the numerous collections we offer and the material’s unique composition which makes it extremely durable and sustainable. Now that Neolith is manufactured in a carbon neutral environment, this makes Neolith not only the most visually attractive choice for residential applications, but one of the most eco-friendly as well.”

The homeowners also requested custom-made Neolith baths and wash basins as part of the bathroom renovation. This would create a holistically

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GALWAY PICTURE PALACE WINS 38TH IRISH CONCRETE SOCIETY AWARD Excellence in concrete design and construction was celebrated at this year’s Irish Concrete Society’s Awards, which were announced virtually on the 23rd of October 2020. This was the 38th Annual Awards which recognise excellence in both design and construction in concrete and are adjudicated by a distinguished, independent jury of industry professionals. The main awards jury reviewed a total of forty one projects nominated in three categories of main awards – Element, Infrastructure and Building. There were also eight projects nominated for the 8th International Award, which is sponsored by Enterprise Ireland. In addition, the winners of the biennial Sculpture Award and the annual Séan de Courcy Student Award were announced. The main awards jury consisted of Michael Moriarty (TJ O’Connor and Associates), Peter Carroll (A2 Architects), and John Keaveney (John Paul Construction).

Project Engineer: CORA Consulting Engineers Project Contractor: JJ Rhatigan Major Suppliers: Roadstone; Gerard Leslie Sculptor Infrastructure Category Winner: The Curragh Racecourse, Co. Kildare Project Client: Curragh Racecourse Project Architect: Grimshaw Project Engineer: AECOM Project Contractor: John Sisk & Son Major Supplier: Banagher Precast Concrete; Kilsaran Elemental Category Winner: Grangegorman TUD Campus, Dublin Project Client: Grangegorman Development Agency Project Architect: Mitchell & Associates Project Engineer: Roadbridge Project Contractor: Roadbridge Major Suppliers: Kilsaran; Premier Paving

Building Category and Overall Winner: Galway Picture Palace, Galway City

Winner of the 8th International Award: Shay Murtagh Precast for ‘Meridian Water Rail Station, Enfield, London’

Project Client: Solas Galway Picture Palace Teoranta; Element Pictures Project Architect: dePaor

Project Client: Meridian Water Rail Station, Enfield, London Irish Export Company: Shay Murtagh Precast

Sculpture Award Held every two years this Award scheme enables the Society to acknowledge the work of sculptors who use concrete as a medium of expression. Winning Piece: Reflectors by David Beattie Sculptor name: David Beattie Sculpture title: Reflectors Séan deCourcy Student Award This is an annual award given to the best final year project on a concrete related topic from the engineering faculties of 3rd level colleges. Winner: Cillian Collier (University College Dublin) Project title: Characterising freeze-thaw damage in concrete Plan Magazine I Issue 5 2020 47

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