Screens, filters, drums, frames, confessionals, expanding geometries – many of the explorations A2 enjoyed making with Artist Niamh McCann this past year. Her exhibition is due to open next month at Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen, Germany
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The tallest, smallest kitchen is added to the east-facing rear of an end-of-terrace Victorian house, a former corner shop in Portobello, Dublin. Cork flooring, formica on plywood kitchen units, handmade Portuguese tiles, bespoke ironmongery and simple lighting are employed.
A2 Architects are delighted to be selected alongside Peter Cody, Mary Laheen, Joseph Mackey and Elizabeth Hatz to represent Ireland at the forthcoming Venice Architecture Biennale in 2023 that is to be curated by Lesley Lokko.
‘In Search of Hy-Brasil’ derives from an intense engagement with the islands of Ireland and is a direct provocation to all of us to reimagine the vast combined territory of land and ocean we call our home. Geographically remote and mainly peripheral to contemporary discourse, our islands are by necessity robust, resilient and inventive places. They have long been a significant crucible for language, music and song bound up with lived experience and support a rich and unique biodiversity. Their small communities, existing on the margins of viability, have embedded in their social order and cultural memory a deep knowledge and understanding of the ocean, land and resource management and the practice of maintaining sustainable environments. They’ve long thrived successfully and creatively with less while building and nurturing a rich and complex ecology.
We’re an island nation facing an uncertain future. The challenges of climate change, renewable energy, ethical food production and biodiversity must be met quickly, with purpose, renewing the lost equilibrium between ourselves and the natural world. In making this adjustment, our islands’ inventiveness in the face of adversity and creativity in response to having less provides us with the necessary tools and narratives to inspire more sustainable ways of living. Ireland’s national pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2023, puts our islands’ diverse communities, culture and experiences right at the centre of the discourse surrounding our shared future. To the forefront of our imagination. The installation offers an immersive experience that shifts between the local and the territorial, the micro and the macro, to make explicit the implicit intelligence of these most remarkable of places.
A2’s Peter Carroll was delighted to chair two day-long ‘Wood Works’ seminars and to represent the School of Architecture UL at Solstice Arts Centre in Navan Co. Meath. The seminars were only possible with the support of the Irish Architecture Foundation and the Arts Council of Ireland paired with a vibrant and ambitious exhibition from participating Irish + Estonian architects.
A2 are delighted to be nominated for the EU Mies Award 2022 for House at Sky Road, Clifden Co. Galway. This is our third time being nominated for this international award, previously for Folding House, Mardyke, Cork City in 2017 and for Pulp Press, Kistefos, Norway in 2015.