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Plan architectureinteriorsdesignengineering March/April 2018


Home from Home

Global Appeal

Black Magic

A design tour of GSA’s Ardcairn House

RKD’s stunning new HQ for Microsoft Ireland

Asif Khan’s super dark pavilion at the Winter Olympics

Pritzker Prize 2018


The Light Fantastic

Doshi wins the ultimate prize

Can cities expect a return on investment?

The Great Light shines in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter






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Just as I put the proverbial pen to paper on this issue's comments, I see that the RIAI Gold Medal for Architecture 2007-2009 has gone to Grafton Architects for their design of Bocconi University in Milan, Italy. So sincere congratulations to them for the well-deserved tribute.

Managing Editor Michael McDonnell

Where was I? Oh yes, if I hopped into a HG Wells Time Machine, turned the dial to the late 70's - when flairs and the Bay City Rollers were just leaving the stage – I would be writing my comments about the controversial plans of Dublin City Council to build civic offices on the site of Wood Quay – said to be the birthplace of Dublin.

Editor Michael Hayes

Now fast forward, and here I am writing comments about Dublin City Council in the firing line again. Yet this time it is for their plans to give back the historical College Green area to the people by creating a civic amenity and pedestrianised plaza.

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The project is backed with impressive design team leaders in Dixon Jones and Paul Keogh Architects. I like the sound of what Paul Keogh has to say: "we are aiming to create 'Dublin's living room' – a place that is safe, adaptable and friendly for people of all ages, both for everyday social interaction and for major public events, comparable with world-class spaces of similar scale internationally." Some of the events it seems could be temporary beaches, skating rinks, films, screenings and markets. According to Dublin City Architect Ali Grehan, the project offers the opportunity for Dublin to regain an urban space of prime civic importance and for that space to be of national and international significance. The loudest protests centre around the impact on public transport, taxis and private cars which will rerouted to other locations and excluded from the plaza area. I will go back to something that Ali Grehan has articulated – College Green has been a historic meeting place in the capital since the first Viking settlement (Wood Quay!). Speaking for myself, I would not mind having to walk a little bit extra to get a bus or a taxi, if I had the pleasure of a leisurely preamble through this new amenity.

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22 Unveiling the Serpentine Pavilion

Home from Home


Plan Magazine gets a design tour of GSA’s impressive Ardcairn House student accommodation

Winter Olympics goes dark

46 Pritzker Prize 2018



Designing with Global Appeal

A look at RKD’s stunning new Headquarters Microsoft Ireland

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Fresh Specifier Delight

ON THE COVER: Mona Caron amazing murals


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IS DATASTORE THE ‘LIFE HACK’ OF THE ARCHITECTURAL WORLD? In an age where life is so busy and as a result people are so ‘time-poor’, words like ‘anxiety’ and ‘stress’ have become part of everyday conversation. People in all career-types, be it business executives, company directors or stay-at-home parents, are resorting to ‘Life Hacks’ to cope with the everincreasing demands of their careers and lives in general. Anything that eases the workload and reduces the stress can be a welcome relief to individuals and businesses. In 2017 KCC Architectural, a well-known player in the construction and architectural world, spoke about their genuine desire to create systems and processes that make life easier for their clients. Steve Young, New Product Development director for KCC, is constantly working with the internal and external teams to create innovative solutions to clients’ needs and to create increased efficiencies internally by streamlining internal processes. Working with clients in architecture, construction, quantity surveying, engineering and facilities management over the years made

KCC realise that there was a common desire for a straight-forward, simple and reliable working partnership that would allow their clients to feel reassured and ease their workload all at the same time. With this in mind, KCC created ‘Datastore’, a unique and unrivalled system comprised of a vast database of every single KCC product, which is publishable as individual datasheets and is available as a project specific catalogue that includes images, performance characteristics, dimensions, options, finishes, test evidence and warranty information. This development by KCC has been of huge interest to construction professionals and architects in particular, as it eliminates a large chunk of the workload from their already hectic schedules, allowing them to concentrate on other aspects of their work, while also giving them the reassurance that everything being used has been tried and tested, is fully compliant to current legislation and meets the appropriate performance and fire/smoke standards. Effectively all the architect has to do is send over their project drawings and the KCC scheduling and estimation teams will do the rest, with the help of Datastore.


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When the KCC team receive the project drawings they link their schedule straight to Datastore and create a flexible, easy-to-use, project-specific catalogue for the architect within minutes. The system is capable of producing full technical submittals with all of the required back up evidence in terms of test certificates or fire test reports and for those working within BIM models, 3D revit models are also available for many of KCCs’ products. Some of the clients currently availing of the Datastore system from KCC for their projects noted how simple and yet informative the system is. Darragh Collins, a Senior Architect with O’Donnell & Tuomey Architects said he found the Datastore system to be a very useful tool for architects like himself, saying it is “very informative, well laid out and easy to follow”. Barry Hennessy from Reddy Architecture & Urbanism gave his opinion on the Datastore system and the technical submittals provided through it, “The door ironmongery technical submittals produced by KCC through their Datastore system are simple to follow and well laid out, which assists us greatly in the review process. It has become an essential and invaluable tool when dealing with projects that include thousands of doors. In terms of BC(A)R, the information and certification provided on testing is clear and concise which is hugely helpful.” While Datastore is already lightyears ahead of other construction industry systems, KCC have taken it even further with their latest innovation, “NextGen 360” which will be officially launched in Spring 2018. This new innovation is set to be a game-changer as KCC once again ramp up their efforts to provide the best of the best to their clients.


EXTRA MURAL ACTIVITY! Mona Caron is a Swiss-born, San Francisco-based artist, using muralism, illustration and photography in both her art and artivism. Her focus is on community-informed and site-specific murals in public space. She has created large-scale murals in the US, Europe, South America and Asia. Murals in public space are Mona's primary focus. Her goal is to activate public space by simultaneously creating artwork and interactive street happenings, using the painting’s narratives to spark conversations and critical awareness of the space we share. Narrative murals - Mona's first decade in muralism was defined by extremely site-specific, detailed, and community-immersive narrative murals, reflecting the past, present, and future imaginaries of their neighbourhoods through a uniquely permeable participatory process, considered part of the artwork. This process has been featured in an Emmy-winning documentary film, "A Brush with the Tenderloin", and has been the underlying praxis for most of Mona's work in her home town of San Francisco. In recent years, Mona’s stop-motion animation and botanical mural series titled ”WEEDS", a metaphor about resilience and resistance, has been growing in numbers and geographic reach, as well as in the scale of the pieces. This series communicates on a poetic level, through the contrast of scale of each painted weed seedling with its environment, and has found reception across cultures and languages.


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A ‘HOME FROM HOME’ FOR STUDENTS IN DUBLIN 8 Built by BAM and designed by Reddy Architecture, the recently completed New Mill Student Accommodation in Dublin 8 isn’t your typical student housing project. Comprising 400 bedrooms across 61 cluster flats in a 4-7 storey courtyard block, the project was delivered at a budget of €31 million last September. The protected structure at 10 Mill Street and the adjoining Mission Hall building were also refurbished while derelict industrial buildings were removed to give views and access to the seventeenth century boundary wall of Warrenmount Convent. A new footpath, landscaping and views to the public landscaped area has greatly enhanced the approach to the Convent. Finally, a new public space at the heart of the development along with additional landscaped spaces on the site finish off a project which has completely changed the dynamics of the area and has become a valuable new amenity in the community. Creating functional, sustainable and aesthetically pleasing student housing may have been the primary aim of the team behind the project but it certainly wasn’t the only one. New Mill Student Accommodation has had a regenerative effect on the area, boosting the long-term economic benefit of

what was a redundant site and creating a distinctive focal point for the surrounding neighbourhood. From the outset, the history of the site was a consideration for the architects and played a pivotal role in the aesthetics of the project. When it came to material selection, the site’s heritage became an even more important factor. The existing listed brick facades to No. 10 Mill Street led to a brick palette being specified for the new building elements. This helped the architects to seamlessly blend the old with the new without trying to conceal the merits of each while creating a binding theme through the entire development. A Vandersanden Corum brick supplied by Kingscourt Country Manor Bricks was chosen for its natural soft-edged appearance and colour lightness, texture and overall aesthetic properties. A popular grey sand cement mortar, was used with a concave joint throughout the project and has allowed the designers to respect the site’s historical significance while creating something fresh and vibrant. The durability and sustainability of the Corum brick means that it will last just as long as the original buildings on the site.

New Mill Street Accommodation has been praised for creating a new prototype of what student accommodation should look like. The project not only features a variety of en-suite cluster flat rooms and studios, but it also features a variety of shops, a restaurant and an incubation hub for local businesses. Communal spaces such as the courtyard play a crucial role in the new development, helping to create a ‘home from home’ for students. The project is being viewed by many as the catalyst for a number of projects, either currently in planning or underway, in a previously neglected area of the city. For more information on the Corum brick used on this project contact distributor Kingscourt Country Manor Bricks on 01 844 1200, email or visit Alternatively, visit our showroom at Unit 26, Airways Industrial Estate, Santry, Dublin 17, D17 TH93.

PROJECT DETAILS: Name of project: New Mill Student Accommodation Architect: Reddy Architecture Contractor: BAM Building Brick Used: Corum Year built: 2017


KILSARAN INTERNATIONAL LAUNCHES NEW RANGE OF SPECIALISED CONCRETES In response to changing customer demands Kilsaran International are bringing to the market, a suite of specialised ready-mix concrete products, designed to suit demanding placement methods, strength and durability classes. Kilsarans Research and Development team have developed this range to meet complex building techniques and regulations across multiple sectors. Our new specialised ready mix products include: * SealCrete Water Tight Concrete A concrete solution that lowers the water / cement ratio in the mix but achieves any slump required. Reduces the capillary absorption and blocks the capillary pore structure in the concrete * AggCrete Exposed Aggregate Concrete A concrete solution that evokes the alluring lustre of natural rocks and gravels. Developed to promote abundant coarse aggregate dispersion whilst retaining an ease of placement. * CemFloor Floor Screed A cement based Liquid Floor screed produced using innovative materials to create a levelling or wearing screed suitable for architectural polishing * DuraCrete High Strength Aggregate Concrete A concrete solution where the element requires ultimate strengths above

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NEW CONCRETE TICKET COURSE LISTINGS FOR 2018 The Irish Concrete Society is pleased to launch a series of Concrete Ticket courses for Spring / Summer 2018. The Concrete Ticket is a half-day course providing guidance on the correct handling, finishing, curing and ordering of concrete for construction. The course is suitable for those who are involved and responsible for the receiving, transporting, placing and finishing concrete after its arrival on site. Over 220 people have now taken the course, have passed the test and are now eligible to hold a Concrete Ticket that will be valid for five years. With clients and specifiers now incorporating a requirement for the Concrete Ticket in specifications, the Society will increase the choice of course locations and dates as demands increase.


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Speaking about the launch of this series of courses Chairman of the Society Jim Mansfield stated “the latest edition of TII’s Specification for Road Works Series 1700 - Structural Concrete now requires operatives in concrete production and execution to have a Concrete Ticket card or equivalent. In response to this, the Irish Concrete Society will increase the availability of the courses during 2018 and beyond.” Bookings can made individually through the website or as part of a group of 15 or more on a date and location that suits.

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conditions for the screed after it is mixed. How much time will elapse between mixing and installing. How long will it be from the time the screed is placed to when it is finished. Will the temperature remain consistent during this time and for the first few hours or days? These, and other, variable and uncontrollable parameters do have an effect on flowing screeds based on liquid admixture packs and this effect can be severe. It is often said of this type of screed that they work very well most of the time but that when they go wrong they go very wrong. It is this more than anything else that has limited their acceptance in UK. Cemfloor, using technology designed by Cemexa in France, works quite differently. The producing concrete plant receives a powder binder that is used as a part of the mix. Since it is a substantial quantity that is added there is no need for control of tiny quantities and so accuracy is easier to achieve. It is possible for this binder to contain all necessary plasticiser but usually it does not and a plasticiser is added at the mortar production stage. Cemfloor is a relatively simple blend of its “active ingredients” and carefully graded Calcium carbonate. Though all constituents are very carefully blended in exact proportions each is chosen and designed to allow for some margin of error. Similarly, the exact amount of Cemfloor binder in a m³ of RTU screed is equally well controlled but with some latitude for the “real world” errors being tolerable without severe detriment. Cemfloor has been designed and refined over many years to control the properties of the screed, and, in particular, the shrinkage movement at every stage of the screeds life- During the first 20 hours of rapid hardening and drying - During the 3 to 4 weeks drying when moisture loss will be quite fast - During the working life of the screed, Cemfloor has the flexibility to withstand normal movement due to, for example, underfloor heating. If the benefits of the Cemfloor System are to be described in one word it is “Robustness”. Every aspect of Cemfloor is controlled in fine

degree, but safe in the knowledge that small changes in the way it is mixed or used will not lead to disaster. The screed can be polished also and used as finished floor on residential work. Benefits of specifying cemfloor screed * Increased Speed of Installation. (up to 2000m2 per day) * Reduced Build Times. (Floor coverings can be applied faster) * Certified material with full batch records and test results. * Consistency in quality from job to job. * No shrinkage, cracking, or curling. * Can be laid at reduced depths. * Lower Carbon Footprint. * Lower Heating Costs. * No risk of any reactions taking place with other construction materials. * Compatible with all types of flooring adhesives including fast track tile adhesives. * Can be used in wet areas with no risk of deterioration if wetted. We have over 50 plus distributors in Ireland and the UK with 100 plus approved applicators. Cemfloor has being used on many large commercial & residential jobs throughout Ireland, UK and France. pÉÉ=çìê=ïÉÄëáíÉ=Ñçê=ãçêÉ=áåÑçêã~íáçåK ïïïKÅÉãÑäççêKáÉ=çê=áåÑç]ÅÉãÑäççêKÅçKìâK


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