Church of St George and St Thomas

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    Abstract: A vibrant inner city parish needed space for meetings, language classes, children’s play and other support accommodation as well as a clearer link between the interior of the listed church and the space outside.

    The project builds itself about the entrance to the church. The form is manipulated such that the intervention recedes from those entering the church, drawing them into the plan before becoming readable as an addition. The resultant poché between this entrance sequence and the fabric of the church is hollowed out to provide the required accommodation. These rooms are insulated and lined in cork to allow for their use separate to the main body of the church. With budget at a premium the construction methodology was developed from an analysis of traditional Irish boat building techniques, which allowed the use of the solid timber to act as the primary structure with no additional material support.

    Constructed in solid walnut the intervention reads with the existing brick interior and yet is clearly identifiable as a contemporary addition.

    Aims / Objectives Questions

    1 To accommodate new space inside an existing protected structure.
    2 To form a new threshold between interior and exterior.
    3 To develop an affordable means of construction that would be durable and rapid to erect.
    4 To make a contemporary addition in sympathy with the qualities of the existing protect structure, in line with best conservation practice and research.
    5 Traditional forms of construction as a model for contemporary technologies.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAAI Awards 2009 (New Irish Architecture)
    EditorsJohn O. Reagan, Nicola Dearey
    PublisherGandon Editions
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Print)9780948037719
    Publication statusPublished - 2009


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