Ireland - geometry/hybridity - ideas for architecture on a small island
22/10 at 8p.m. , room nr. 115, Academy of Arts, Architecture, and Design in Prague
McCullough Mulvin Architects have spent their lives on the island of Ireland, working with the island’s diffuse light and stark materiality, creating an investigative architecture of place- in this case the wild landscapes and small towns of the Western world. Ireland is new/old, rapidly changing; its culture is focused on words; their architectural projects- houses, public buildings, libraries- have an intensity of character; they ask questions of a rapidly changing world, an open-ended exploration of materials and form which can occur at any scale. Combining work with writing and teaching, the practice extracts the DNA of Joyce’s city of Dublin, making projects for modern life which respond to its particular grain. Sites are treated as archaeological landscapes requiring time to sense the trace of other layers; this includes a strong interest in making contemporary interventions to existing buildings, a formal reply to old fabric– a dance of culturally laden alternatives to form and memory.
The work is extended by publication, teaching and research. The practice has exhibited in Germany, the UK, Spain (Mies Van der Rohe Awards 2011 and World Architecture Festival ), the Czech Republic, Portugal ( Lisbon Triennale ) and Italy ( Venice Biennale ). They have lectured on the work in Ireland, Spain, Germany, Norway, the UK, Scotland, Wales, Poland and the USA. Niall McCullough maintains a close link with architectural education working as an extern and critic in the UK and Ireland.
Lecture will be in English. Free admission.