24. November 2018
Internationales ArchitekturForum 2018
Sheila O’Donnel (*1953, Dublin) and John Tuomey (*1954, Tralee) established O’Donnell + Tuomey in 1988. The practice has developed an international reputation for cultural, social and educational buildings including the Irish Film Centre, Ranelagh School, Letterfrack Furniture College, Glucksman Gallery Cork, Timberyard Social Housing, the Lyric Theatre in Belfast and the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre at the LSE. Both are Professors at University College Dublin and have taught at schools of architecture in the UK and USA including AA, Cambridge, Princeton and Harvard. Their work has been widely published and exhibited and has received many national and international awards.
Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey will speak about recent competition designs in Dublin and Hamburg. They will discuss the ideas behind recent educational and cultural buildings in Cork, London and Budapest.
"When we speak about the ground, we mean the entire territory of the project, the given ground from which ideas emerge; the place, the people, the culture, the site, the wider context. These are the conditions that form the question to be answered in the architectural project.
A good building begins with some inner order, often with the embodiment of a social idea. The architectural design evolves from the inside out, growing into form like an organism, an operative mechanism ready for work. Its formal composition results from the arrangement of working parts.
Inside is a more complex term than simple interior containment, it means being at the heart of something, in the know. It’s about understanding client intentions, combining the spirit of the enterprise with the useful life of the building. It means living the project, getting it under your skin and then translating it, working it out in the design."