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London Chic

All the Right Connections

Louvre goes to Abu Dhabi

A look inside London’s hottest new hotel, the NED

A look at the impressive design of LinkedIn’s new Dublin base

Ateliers Jean Nouvel’s version of the iconic Louvre Museum

Personal Design

History in the Making

Diamonds are Forever!

Copeland Grove is very personal to architect Stephen Kavanagh

History comes to life in the Round Tower Visitor Centre in Clondalkin

Japanese firm TNA turns design on its head!

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Don’t you just love it and admire it when somebody has the talent and vision to transform the bland and ugly into something of creative interest. Do you recall there was that hullaballoo about those dreadful grey metal boxes that were aligned like neglected auld fella’s teeth in Dublin’s College Green in order to house signals for the LUAS.

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What were they thinking about when they came up with this classic case of function over form?

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Well if you ever have occasion to be driving in the vicinity of Terenure College in west Dublin, you may notice how similar metal boxes have been transformed into something that adds to the character and visual character of the area.

Production/Design Catherine Kelleher

Artist Joanne Murphy has painted murals on them, depicted rugby players with the inspirational messages for all to see.


Clever and pretty cool. Keep an eye out for them. Even that brutally blunt SIPTU building can look half decent when they drape some class of branded mesh around it.

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10 Cork Rejuvenation


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Design for all the Right Connections!

The Chic NED

A look at the impressive new base for LinkedIn in Dublin

40 TNA’s Solo Houses Project


History in the Making South Dublin County Council’s architects have brought to life the Round Tower Visitor Centre in Clondalkin



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ON THE COVER: Studio Libeskind’s Sapphire building

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BRICK IS MAIN ATTRACTION AT BODY & SOUL FESTIVAL This year’s Body & Soul Festival saw a very different kind of VIP – a brick pavilion that played host to a range of intrigued visitors, from a roaming choir to festivalgoers simply sheltering from the rain. The ‘Funicular Folly’ was designed by architect Rae Moore as an art installation for the festival. With the help of construction firms including Arup, Bennett Construction and Kilsaran, the project was completed for just €400, with all bricks kindly donated by Kingscourt Country Manor Bricks. Brick was selected as the material of choice for the Funicular Folly for a variety of reasons. “The concept for the project was to take a familiar material, like brick which everyone is used to seeing, and make something completely new that people would never expect. In the context of a festival, it was about making something very surprising out of something very familiar,” says project architect Rae Moore. The project aims to challenge traditional perceptions of form and materials usually associated with the idea of shelter and dwelling. “The idea was to build a thin brick structure that mimics the form of tents typically seen at festivals, using traditional methods combined with the latest technologies.” Rae’s mission was to create an interactive piece that could be explored by festivalgoers; a curiosity and landmark that would also provide shelter to soggy music fans. The structure is remarkable for its strength and can hold incredible weight. According to Rae, it can be climbed upon and explored as a terrain, or even function as a podium for a performer.

It took 7,000 brick slips to complete the thin brick shell structure. All bricks were cut at the brick cutting unit at Kingscourt Country Manor Bricks. A variety of bricks were inspected before a colour was settled on. “We eventually went for a brick called ‘Kingscourt Brown Smooth’, recently used on student accommodation in Gardiner Street, Dublin 1. As the Folly would be situated in a woodland setting, everyone was keen not to use anything that would stand out too much. The ‘Brown Smooth’ brick blends in perfectly with the natural tones of the woodland,” says Rae.

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The structure was built using two layers of brick work. The first layer used plaster, which set quickly to allow the structure take shape with ease. The second layer of bricks were set using cement, for added strength. A permanent fixture at Body & Soul, the Funicular Folly is set to be integrated fully into the festival and may be used for small performances. “There was huge relief when we learned it wouldn’t be knocked down, considering the amount of work that went into its design and construction. The concept, which was to take an ancient construction technique and combine it with new technologies and a familiar material to create something new and fresh, worked out really well for us. We’re delighted with the result.”

For more information on Kingscourt Brown Smooth Brick contact distributor Kingscourt Country Manor Bricks on 01 844 1200, email or visit Alternatively, visit our showrooms at Unit 26, Airways Industrial Estate, Santry, Dublin 17, D17 TH93.

Project Details: Client: Body & Soul, Music and Arts Festival Location: Ballinlough Castle, Co Westmeath Architect: Rae Moore Engineers: Arup Contractor: Bennett Construction Brick Supplier: Kingscourt Country Manor Bricks Brick Used: Kingscourt Brown Smooth Cement Supplier: Kilsaran

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MAD Architects, led by Ma Yansong, has unveiled “Mirage” ─ a renovation proposal for Montparnasse Tower in Paris, France. MAD’s design transforms this huge black monolithic building ─ positioned in the city centre ─ into an artistic lighting installation that reflects the city upside down.


After its completion in 1973, the 210 meter-high Montparnasse Tower became the tallest building in Paris. But through the years, there has been constant criticism over its intrusive existence in the city, that it has been coined the ‘scar of Paris’. In 2016, the owner called an international competition to renovate the tower, and MAD was one of seven short-listed firms out of more than 700 teams to participate.

MAD’s design uses concave principles to create an optical illusion by setting every glass panel of the façade to a specific angle, so that the building itself turns into a city-scale concave mirror. The streets and rooftops of the neighbouring buildings appear as if they are hanging in the sky; while the sky is mirrored onto the lower section of the building, blending into the atmosphere. The design creates a mirage of Paris, but upside-down, as if it is floating in the air. And, Paris’ other city landmark, the Eiffel Tower, will also appear upside down when looking at Montparnasse Tower from that direction. Ma Yansong said on the design: “At the time when it was built, Montparnasse Tower, like the Eiffel Tower, represented the pride and achievements of its era. It is mankind’s worship of technology and power that has created this tyrannical monument. It stands out amidst classical Paris. Today, we cannot really demolish this building and the historical regrets it stands for, but we can establish a new perspective to re-examine and think about how humanity can co-exist and interact with the tower and its environment, to bring meaning to our hearts.” MAD’s “Mirage design proposal is currently on show in the Tour Montparnasse Exhibition at Pavilion de l’Arsenal, Paris.


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WEIGHING UP THE BENEFITS OF SOLID STAINLESS STEEL IRONMONGERY The term ‘stainless steel’ might imply ‘stain free’ or non-stainable but on the contrary, stainless steel can still get tarnished and marked by fingerprints and grease, develop a discolouration, and eventually rust too, especially when used in a harsh environment such as near the coast, in a swimming pool or factory. The biggest difference is resilience. Stainless steel is generally used because of its durability and its ability to withstand abuse for a greater period of time before showing signs of wear. Chlorine and bromine used in a swimming pool for sanitization are highly caustic chemicals which are boosted by the heat and humidity. KCC Architectural recently launched a whole range of grade 316 Stainless Steel door hardware to provide customers with a high quality, durable and corrosion-resistant product that they are so confident about, they are offering a 25-year warranty on the entire range. Steve Young, project director for KCC was heavily involved in the development and design of the ‘modus’ range and explained the vast amount of research and time that went into developing such a highquality product. “We wanted to create a product range that would be durable and hardwearing enough to withstand heavy usage, but would also look modern, sleek and stylish and totally at home in either a commercial or residential setting. We opted for top of the range materials including grade 316 stainless steel to be able to offer our clients durability, reliability and maximum corrosion resistance.”

every stage of manufacture, finishing, testing and certification is clearly very important to KCC as an organisation. Speaking of his experience researching stainless steel for use on this range Steve stated, “Traditionally all steels are composed of the same mix of iron and carbon, but stainless steel also contains chromium, which facilitates corrosion resistance. As a standard, stainless steel must contain at least 10.5% chromium. Depending on the grading, the levels of chromium and other alloying ingredients such as molybdenum, titanium, nickel, aluminium, copper, nitrogen, selenium and phosphorous may be higher.” The most commonly used forms of stainless steel are grades 304 and 316. The addition of molybdenum, an alloy that substantially increases corrosion resistance in harsher environments is the main

The corrosion resistance of stainless steel is effected by a passive film of chromium-rich oxide on the surface of the metal. To retain the highest corrosion resistance and aesthetic appeal it is necessary to keep the surface clean to allow the passivation process to take place. To this end, KCC developed a supporting maintenance manual for users of their modus range, outlining how to care for and maintain stainless steel products. Steve spoke about the extensive investment in time and effort involved in developing the modus range and the attention to detail at


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differentiating factor, and is present in grade 316, accounting for a maximum of 3% of the overall composition, but not in grade 304. The inclusion of molybdenum in grade 316 allows it to withstand attack by many industrial chemicals and solvents, and inhibits pitting caused by chlorides. “Grade 304 is an economical and practical choice for most environments, and can withstand damage from most oxidizing acids. It is easily sanitized and therefore often used in kitchen and food applications but it doesn’t offer the corrosion resistance of grade 316, and therefore is likely to suffer corrosion from chloride solutions or from saline environments that might exist along coastal areas.”, notes Steve. “As I mentioned, we opted for grade 316 with the modus range. Although it is slightly more expensive, it is well worth it for durability, reliability and of course corrosion resistance.”

out from others. On the other hand, we didn’t want to sacrifice the quality, durability or reputation of the product by allowing lower quality finishes and coatings. For this reason, we offer high performance PVD (Physical Vapour Deposition), a form of vacuum coating process that provides aesthetically beautiful decorative and functional finishes with a higher wear and corrosion resistance than traditional coatings. The second option we offer is a ‘Soft Touch’ finish on levers and pull handles. This coating has a silky feel which again is visually attractive but doesn’t reduce or compromise the handle’s durability.”, says Steve. The ultimate benefits of stainless steel include a long service life that will retain an aesthetically pleasing, clean and timeless appearance with low maintenance costs, once it is cared for and maintained correctly.

Another key feature of this stainless- steel range of door hardware is the range of finishes available compliment rather than compromise the products durability. “On one hand, we wanted to offer clients a simple and cost -effective means of making their door hardware stand



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LAUNCH OF INTERNATIONAL CONCRETE DESIGN COMPETITION 2017/2018 The International Concrete Design Competition is a biennial competition for students of architecture and design related disciplines. It is organized by a consortium of European cement and concrete associations and is open to students registered in a 3rd level educational institute in one of the participating countries. The competition is now entering its 8th cycle which will be hosted by

Belgium. The competition is funded in Ireland by Cement Manufacturers Ireland (CMI). The Concrete Design Competition aims to promote innovative design attitudes related to the use of concrete as a material and a technology. It is characterized by its format; each competition cycle is framed by a theme designating a specific property of concrete. Nationally chosen laureates

will be invited to participate in an international Master Class in August 2018 in Brussels. This Master Class will continue the investigation of the theme. Cycle 8 of the competition formally launches at the start of the academic year in September 2017. The theme for 2017/2018 is “TACTILITY”. For further details on the competition see ïïïKÅçåÅêÉíÉÇÉëáÖåÅçãéÉíáíáçåKÅçã===

BRETT MARTIN ADOPTABLE CHAMBER ASSEMBLIES MEET REVISED STANDARDS Brett Martin Plumbing and Drainage is now offering a new range of high-performance Adoptable Access and Inspection Chamber Assemblies which are designed to meet the requirements of Sewers for Adoption (SfA7) whilst offering specifiers and water authorities a robust, cost-effective and superior drainage solution. Following the revised performance criteria and installation standards for all adoptable drainage networks, Brett Martin’s new range of Adoptable Access and Inspection Chamber Assemblies, carrying the BSI Kitemark KM 635998, are tested to EN13598-1 and satisfy both the requirements of Sewers for Adoption 7 and Building Regulations Part H1. With enhanced sealing capacity using captive seals to prevent dislodgement and five inlets offering built-in falls to prevent blockages, Brett Martin’s Adoptable Access and Inspection Chamber Assemblies are available in 315mm and 450mm diameters. Both offer superior structural strength, enhanced loading capability for long-term serviceability and improved heavy-duty risers. “This combination of strength, loading capabilities and exceptional sealing means that our high performance chamber


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assemblies offer a wide range of benefits to the installer and meet all of the latest regulatory requirements,” said Chris Dawson, Brett Martin Sales Director. Designed with the installer in mind, the lightweight chamber assemblies offer ease of installation due to watertight push-fit assemblies and a solid, stable connection using the additional connection points in the form of lugs featured on both base and riser. A stronger base allows for over 16 connection possibilities, reducing merchant stockholding requirements for multiple base variants. The 315mm Shallow Access Chamber Assembly complies with Building Regulations Part H1 to a depth of 600mm and SfA7 to a depth of 900mm. Pedestrian covers for foot traffic areas or driveway covers to withstand heavier loads are available, while a height and tilt adjustable frame can accommodate a surface incline of up to 15°. For deeper applications, the 450mm Inspection Chamber Assembly complies with Building Regulations Part H1 to a depth of 3.0m and SfA7 to a depth of 1.2m.

They are available with two base options for 110mm and 160mm drainage layouts and feature enhanced cross foot design for added stability. Ideal for tarmac, grass or gravel areas, the cover and frame is available in round or square options, with a safe and secure lid for compliance with Building Regulations Part H, clause 2.54. Brett Martin also offers a range of NonAdoptable Access and Inspection Chamber Assemblies in 280mm, 315mm and 450mm diameters. All of Brett Martin’s products are underpinned by exceptional sales and technical support, ensuring that every merchant is guaranteed the highest quality of service. cçê=ÑìêíÜÉê=ÇÉí~áäë=çå=_êÉíí=j~êíáåÛë=ê~åÖÉ çÑ=^Ççéí~ÄäÉ=fåëéÉÅíáçå=~åÇ=^ÅÅÉëë `Ü~ãÄÉê=^ëëÉãÄäáÉë=îáëáí ïïïKÄêÉííã~êíáåKÅçã===

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SISK CELEBRATES CENTENARY OF MAYO CHURCH CONSTRUCTION John Sisk and Son Ltd (“Sisk”), Ireland’s No1 provider of construction services with extensive operations across Ireland, the United Kingdom and mainland Europe, is celebrating 100 years since the building of St. Patrick’s Church, Newport, Co. Mayo. The occasion was marked with a Mass celebrated by Fr. Tod Nolan PP at St. Patrick’s Church, followed by a reception at the Castlecourt Hotel in Westport. Speaking at a reception in the Castlecourt Hotel in Westport, Hal Sisk, whose grandfather John V Sisk built St Patrick’s, said: “On behalf of the Sisk family, I am delighted today to celebrate the centenary of St. Patrick’s Church, Newport a building of local and national significance. When Sisk built this magnificent church overlooking Newport 100 years ago, Ireland was a very different place. Nowadays the major contracts are motorways, bank buildings, massive pharmaceutical plants, and cloud data centres. So, it is great to celebrate Sisk’s presence in the West and the enduring craftsmanship displayed in such churches, and none more so than St Patrick’s of Newport.” Referencing the historical significance of St. Patrick’s Church, local historian Joe McDermott said: “St. Patrick’s Church on

Barrack Hill dominates the town of Newport. The church was erected by John Sisk & Son at the request of the then Parish Priest, Very Rev. Canon Michael McDonald who was responsible for the building of the oratory on the summit of Croagh Patrick. While it was built 100 years ago, many people still come to admire this incredible church. The renowned ‘Last Judgement’ east window by Harry Clarke is always a big draw, but the church itself has a fascinating history, and its many features, including the superb western doorway and the beautifully restored altar, make it well worth a visit.” Stephen Bowcott, CEO of John Sisk & Son, said: “It is a great pleasure to be able to celebrate 100 years since Sisk built St. Patrick’s Church, Newport. Today is also about celebrating our more recent activity in the West of Ireland, including achievements going back 30 years such as the original Allergan Factory in Westport, the Coca Cola plant in Ballina, and other big names like Hollister, Baxter, as well as the hospital in Ballina, the Ice House hotel and many more. Today we are currently working on the fit out of new Allergan facilities and recently completed work in Eyre Square in Galway. The West of Ireland has always been an important region for

From left to right, Owen Sisk, Stephen Bowcott, Thomas O’Connell, Hal Sisk and JP Sisk

our business and will continue to be so in the future. “I would also like to acknowledge the contribution of Sisk staff over the past onehundred years in delivering projects across Ireland, especially in the West of Ireland. John Sisk & Son is indebted to their decades of service which has contributed to the success the business has achieved over many years,” Mr Bowcott concluded. ïïïKëáëâKáÉ


Medici developments is known for creating aspirational homes that leave a lasting impression. Developing luxury, high-end properties across London and the commuter belt, they use impactful design and craftsmanship to create visually stunning spaces. When recently tasked with creating an external wall art installation for a luxury residential property in London’s Notting Hill, they consulted experts at innovative timber panel manufacturer MEDITE SMARTPLY who identified MEDITE TRICOYA EXTREME as the perfect solution to their challenge. Their ambitious aim was to create an elaborate, tropical design for an external feature wall, which was originally intended to use a specific carved stone from a Balinese quarry. However, when speaking to the team at MEDITE SMARTPLY, Medici discovered that they could replicate the desired effect, but with a material that would fix more easily and securely to the outdoor wall. Crucially, however, it was MEDITE TRICOYA EXTREME’s strength, durability and ability to be shaped with ease that led to it being selected for the task. “I needed a material that was very dense and could be shaped on a CNC (Computer Numerical Cutting) machine in order to

achieve an accurate 3D image,” said Justin Bottaro from Medici Developments. “It also needed to be durable and have the ability to cope with the unpredictable climate of London as the fixture is six metres tall and based in an outdoor courtyard with no cover.” Much of the work on the wall installation was completed offsite, a construction method to which MEDITE SMARTPLY materials are particularly well suited. Several panels of MEDITE TRICOYA EXTREME were bonded together to create a thickness of 65mm from which the design could be carved. The constituent parts of the artwork were carved and then assembled on backing boards once they had arrived on site. “Assistance and advice from the MEDITE SMARTPLY team was invaluable and made our decision a straight forward one. We looked at many different materials, but MEDITE TRICOYA EXTREME was the best suited for our desired finish,” continued Justin. “The panels gave the piece an earthy look and feel, which was accentuated with greenery placed in the courtyard. We also placed reflective surfaces in the voids of the design, which

adds an air of perceived depth and volume when glancing at it.” “The finished wall art looks very impressive,” said Peter Clifton, Product Manager for MEDITE TRICOYA EXTREME. “It’s a real testament to the versatility of our product that it is specified for projects as prestigious as this art installation. The finish that this panel delivers makes it hard to distinguish from natural woods, or the original stone finish that Medici originally specified. Add to that the fact that it is guaranteed to withstand external elements for up to 50 years, and you’ve got a truly innovative, market changing product.”


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            Internationally acclaimed designers Heatherwick Studio, based in London, has transforming an old grain silo in Cape Town into South Africa’s largest art museum – the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa. The team spent years carefully renovating the silo’s 42 massive cylindrical concrete tubes into 6,000 square feet of gallery space, which will hold the world’s premier collection of African art. It will be the world’s largest museum dedicated to contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora and is designed. The museum is housed in 9,500 sq metres of custom designed space, spread over nine floors, carved out of the monumental structure of the historic Grain Silo Complex. The silo, disused since 1990, stands as a monument to the industrial past of Cape Town, at one time the tallest building in South Africa, now given new life through the transformation by Heatherwick Studio.


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