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RIAI Walks+Talks: dlr LexIcon Dún Laoghaire, by Carr Cotter & Naessens Architects

Published: Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The RIAI is delighted to bring its series of Walks + Talks to Dún Laoghaire with an event at the dlr LexIcon, which was designed by Carr Cotter & Naessens Architects.   dlr LexIcon is the 2015 Irish Architecture Award Winner of Best Culture and Best Public Building.

DATE: Friday, 26 February 5.30 – 6.30


The series has been devised by the RIAI to engage the public with award-winning buildings, through a building tour with the architects.

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2015 Irish Architecture Award Winner of Best Culture and Best Public Building

About  the LexIcon

The building was the result of an RIAI two-stage international architecture competition held in 2007, won by Carr Cotter & Naessens Architects.

The LexIcon includes a busy ‘living room’ overlooking the park, with space for internet use, newspapers and magazines as well as rooms for book-clubs, meetings and seminars and a room for crafts games and modelmaking. The art gallery and associated workshop is also on this floor. The level above, the piano nobile, includes general reading rooms and the junior library. The top floor is a quiet space and includes the local history department and study spaces. On the lowest level the park edge of the building is lined with public rooms: An auditorium, café and a long stairs that ascends to the library on the level above. Behind this the working section of the library is house along Haigh Terrace: Offices Process rooms staff facilities storage and kitchens’.
>> Read more about dlr Lexicon library in the Architecure Ireland Magazine (AI 278, pg 34 -41 ) article HERE.

About Carr Cotter Naessens
Carr Cotter Naessens Architects were established in Cork city, Ireland in 2001. The directors David Naessens and Louise Cotter spent the first stage of their careers in London working with Rick Mather, Nigel Coates and Dixon Jones (David) and Julyan Wickham, Colquhoun and Miller, Dixon Jones (Louise).The practice has a varied portfolio of work in Ireland that ranges from the Solas Building for Nursing and Healthcare Studies for the Institute of Technology Tralee completed in 2003, to the Grainstore, Henry Street Limerick, recipient of the RIAI best Commercial Building 2007. Projects in Cork city include an integrated masterplan and conservation study of the historic South Presentation Convent in Douglas Street, Cork; the first constructed phase of this project, the restoration of the chapel was completed in 2011. Carr Cotter Naessens are an accredited teaching practice at the Cork Centre for Architectural Education jointly run by University College Cork ands Cork Institute of Technology. The practice output  is informed by research through design, both commissioned and through participation in competitions and studies. Recent international competition successes include the Central Library and Cultural Centre in Dun Laoghaire, now known as dlrLexIcon.

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