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International Success of Irish Architects

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2012


(Left: Campus for the Central European University in central Budapest and Right: University Campus of Engineering and Technology, UTEC, Lima, Peru)

Dublin-based practice O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects have recently won a competition for a new campus for the Central European University in central Budapest. The project incorporates a number of existing historic buildings and courtyards, two new buildings and courtyards and a new route through the city block. The watercolor sketch by Sheila O’Donnell shows one of the new buildings, housing a library and auditorium facing onto Nador Utca in central Pest. The practice has also been short-listed three times for the prestigious international Sitrling Prize and is currently on site in London with the new Student Centre, London School of Economics.

Winners of the inaugural World Architecture Award for their acclaimed Bocconi University in MIlan, Grafton Architects have followed their competition success with another educational campus, designing the new University Campus of Engineering and Technology, UTEC, in Lima, Peru. In this two-stage international competition, four Peruvian practices and Grafton Architects reached the final five. The objective of the competition was to design a new University campus, which forms part of the educational group TECSUP, founded by Luis Hochschild Plaut in 1984. The new campus is situated in the district of Barranco in the city of Lima. The site overlooks a prime motorway in the city. The building consists of 30,000m2 with laboratories, teaching facilities and a cultural centre .The winning project is conceived as a man-made cliff overlooking the motorway, with a series of cascading gardens overlooking the adjacent residential zone. 

The Dublin-based designers of the Grand Egyptian Museum and the London Olympic Footbridge, Heneghan Peng Architects will be responsible for the design and masterplanning of a phased development of the Palestinian Museum on an important site within the overall campus of Birzeit University, near to Ramallah. Over 40 architects submitted expressions of interest in the competition, organised by The Welfare Association, a leading Palestinian non-governmental development organisation. A unique cultural project, the Palestinian Museum is being developed to become the primary and most authoritative source of knowledge and new thinking about Palestinian history, culture and contemporary life.  The Museum is conceived as a ‘hub’, catering not only for the population in the West Bank but also a network of branches and associated centres.

With offices in Dublin and Berlin, Henchion + Reuter Architects have recently completed a landmark project at Leipzig Zoo. Their tropical biome called 'Gondwanaland' at Leipzig Zoo brings species of flora and fauna together that were separated by the splitting of the Gondwana continent, which existed some 510 to 180 million years ago.

(Left: Tropical Biome, Leipzig Zoo and Right: Palestinian Museum, Birzeit University, Ramallah, Palestine)

Irish architecture graduate, Emer O’Daly, who worked with heneghan peng after graduating from architecture un UCD, has recently won the ‘Why Stop’ international competition in Boston. Emer recently obtained a Masters in Architecture from Yale University, where she developed the project with support from The Arts Council.  The competition was launched in September 2011 by SHIFTboston and the Boston Society of Architects to investigate opportunities along the South Coast rail extension intended for construction in Southern Massachusetts. The competition challenged urban designers and architects to explore and visualize destinations along this new commuter network which will connect Boston to the towns of Taunton, New Bedford and Fall River. Emer presented her proposal at the SHIFTboston Why Stop Forum at South Station in Boston on 19January to select members of the jury, government, community and business leaders, local developers and regional economic development groups.

(Above: Winning entry ‘Why Stop’ international competition Boston)

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