An Gaelaras, Northern Ireland, Derry Architecture, An Gaelaras Derry, O’Donnell + Tuomey Building

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An Gaelaras, Northern Ireland : Derry Architecture

An Gaelaras Building, Northern Ireland – design by O’Donnell + Tuomey

An Gaelaras Derry

Design: O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects

An Gaelaras, is a cultural centre for the Irish language, and is situated on an unprepossessing narrow landlocked site in Derry. It is a sculptural intervention featuring an intriguing vortex plan that draws the visitor inwards and upwards.

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photos from RIBA

The only façade and the internal courtyard structure are both made of high quality boardmarked concrete, evoking a sense of the scale of the neighbouring brickwork. It lends the interior a sense of gravitas that complements the use of plywood and painted plaster elsewhere. Walkways, stairs and handrails are coated in red oxide paint and these, together with the yellow window frames influenced by the yellow of scaffolding poles and blue painted walls that bring in the sky are deftly marked out.

An Gaelaras Derry – Building Information

Architect: O’Donnell + Tuomey
Client: An Gaelaras
Contractor: JPM Contracts
Contract Value: £ 2.8 million
Date of completion: Sep 2009
Gross internal area: 1,980 sqm

An Gaelaras Derry images / information from RIBA

An Gaelaras design : O’Donnell + Tuomey

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