Rapid Delivery NZEB Housing at George’s Place Dún Laoghaire wins Best Housing Award and Best Sustainability Award at the RIAI Irish Architecture Awards 2019. Sallynoggin Community & Centre Centre also receives Highly Commended – DLR Architects Dept. + A2 Architects
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‘Precarious Earth’, comprising fired clay city fragments of Venice an Cork on piled wooden plinths, is currently on exhibition at Venice Design 2019 at The European Cultural Academy, Palazzo Michiel, Venice until November. The work is a collaboration between Kevin Callaghan Artist, A2 Architects and Alan Meredith Studio.
Gate lodge at Beechville Co. Meath secures full planning permission. A pyramidal red corrugated roof, resting on cast concrete walls, has cantilevered corners that make for four covered external spaces. The interior roof space is timber beamed and is naturally lit by a central oculus roof light at the apex.
The first cranking sea wall with lightly exposed granite aggregate finish at DLR Baths, the lowest of three tiered planter walls rising up to the refurbished pavilion on Queens Road – DLR Architects Dept. + A2 Architects
Sallynoggin Community + Senior Centre for Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council reaches completion. The centre includes a community hall, administration, kitchen and ancillary space. A south-facing event terrace as well as an allotment garden, bicycle parking universal access car parking are also provided.
A2 close 2018 with one of our small favourites of the year, CANTEEN, a discreet ground floor cafe in a gabled end-of-terrace house in the heart of Georgian Limerick. Furniture and fittings are singularly fashioned from formwork shuttering plywood. It always helps when the coffee and breakfasts are exquisite!
Rapid Delivery Housing, George’s Place, Dún Laoghaire was one of four finalists in the SEAI Sustainable Energy Awards 2018. Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s objective is to meet energy and climate change targets and to positively influence energy efficiency within the administrative area of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown. The public housing at Georges Place includes 12 high quality 2 bed dwellings completed under a new rapid delivery work programme, achieving the highest environmental standards with a BER of A1.
A2 are delighted to be working with Dublin Institute of Technology on their new Broombridge Campus. The new campus will provide recreational and educational facilities for DIT Community, students and staff including sports facilities, social areas and educational spaces for design & build activities for the delivery of applied learning, innovation, enterprise and research education and training.
The architectural strategy is to create a front forecourt that is a place of making, experiment and innovation for 1:1 workshop prototyping; unite the existing buildings under one roof to give the proposed building a clear identity; manipulate the new roof profile to allow for a series of serrated north-facing roof lights as well as a solar PV farm that maximises the energy potential of the new building – rainwater is also to be harvested off the roof to allow the grey water to be used for toilets; invigorate the front facade by adding a new bay of covered external space that allows the users of the building to take advantage of useful external space; make a larch timber facade that exploits the full potential of Irish timber and emerging timber building technology in Ireland;
House at Sky Road, Clifden, Co. Galway is completed. The house, at the head of a valley, bridges one side of the site to the other with a 42 metre long fair-faced concrete beam that spans from a bedroom wing to a utility wing, thus generating an open-plan kitchen living dining space that enjoys uninterrupted views of the valley and sea beyond.