Ireland is becoming a hub of high-quality contemporary design, as proved by these award-winning architectural firms that have put themselves on the map by means of socially conscious architecture, sustainable designs, and historical building preservations.
This architectural practice based in Dublin works on conservation, urbanism, and public projects, all focused towards social consciousness in architecture. They aim to redefine Ireland's public spaces, dealing with the country's stark materials and diffuse light. Each one of their projects is designed according to their surroundings; whether it's by the sea or in an urban setting, the geography of the site has a prime role in shaping their buildings.
Thapar University Extension: Under construction, Patiala, Punjab, India.
Waterford Firestation: 2015, Waterford, Ireland (2017 Mies Van Der Rohe Awards - Nominated)
Trinity Long Room Hub: 2010, Dublin, Ireland (2011 RIAI Awards - Best Educational Building - Winner)
ODOS is an Irish architectural firm which mostly specializes in renovations and private residential projects. The company was established in 2002 with headquarters in London and New York, and projects in countries such as Germany, Spain, UK and Saudi Arabia. They aim to have a close relationship with their clients which translates into user-oriented conscious designs.
Bateman: 2016, Central London, England
Super Miss Sue: 2013, Dublin, Ireland
Trinity Barber: 2009, Dublin, Ireland
This architecture practice based in Cork and founded by Louise Cotter and David Naessens, does everything from rural residential dwellings to urban master-planning. They specialize in mixed-used developments in urban settings, fully integrating their projects into the communities they're immersed in, in order to provide them with flexible work and trading spaces and contribute to the city's development.
DLR Lexicon Library: 2014, Dun Laoghaire, co. Dublin, Ireland (RIAI Awards 2014- Best Culture Building category and Best Public Building Category)
Grain Store: 2007, Limerick, Ireland (Irish Architectural Awards 2007- Best Commercial Building category)
This award-winning family firm was started in 1975 by Antoin MacGabhann Snr, and was expanded in 1997 due to the inclusion of his son and daughter. They focus on public and private projects, in which they work closely with their clients in order to exceed their expectations and deliver a design based on their aspirations and ideas.
Regional Cultural Center: 2008, Letterkenny, Donegal, Ireland ('Between €2million and €20million' category at Opus Architecture & Construction Awards- Winner- 2008)
Green Box Design Studio: 2005,Rathmullan, Co. Donegal, Ireland
This firm was founded by the multifaceted architects, Yvonne Farrell & Shelley McNamara in 1978. As a firm, they've won many awards, including the World Building of the Year Award 2008 among many other accolades; as individuals, they hold prominent roles in the academic world all around the globe. They specialize in public architecture with university campuses and schools being their most explored area.
Solstice Arts Center: 2006, Navan, Co. Meath, Ireland
Engineering and Technology University - UTEC: 2015, Barranco, Peru (RIBA International Prize 2016 - Winning Project)
Established in 2001, this firm has been collecting awards and nominations ever since, due to their sustainable and innovative designs- including RIAI and Opus awards- with some of their projects being exhibited all over the world. They dwell in conservation, refurbishment, and landscaping.
Inchicore Model School: 2015, Dublin, Ireland (Nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award 2017)
West Cork Arts Center: 2015, Cork, Ireland