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Open Architectural Ideas Competition: Central Bank in the 21st Century

Published: Monday, December 03, 2012

DoCoMoMo Ireland presents Central Bank in the 21st Century: an open design competition to develop ideas for what the building might become. The architectural ideas competition seeks to generate discussion among designers and decision-makers about the future of the Central Bank building.  The competition is open to all and offers a prize fund of €1500.

Competition registration opened on 1 December 2012 and closes on 22 February – registration is via www.docomomo.ie. Submission of entries is 1 March 2013.  The assessors are drawn from strategic planning, architecture, culture, architectural history and current affairs backgrounds: Ali Grehan, Dublin City Architect; David Healy of Respublica; Kathleen James-Chakraborty, Professor of Art History at UCD and Chair of the IAF; Paul Larmour, architectural historian; and Joe Mulholland is Director of the MacGill Summer School.

What will become of the Central Bank?
The Headquarters of the Central Bank of Ireland on Dame Street in Dublin, (Stephenson & Gibney Associates, 1979) may soon be vacated by its current occupants. The question is: what will become of this iconic building?  In recent years, the Central Bank HQ has become emblematic of the struggle between democratic and corporate interests.  During its 32-year history it has evoked many passions – ranging from revulsion to admiration – but it is ultimately a symbol of modern Ireland, constructed with an air of defiance during a cruel recession. In our current straitened circumstances this competition seeks to encourage once more a certain disregard for convention, a quest for adventure and an exploration of possibilities. 

DoCoMoMo Ireland is the Irish committee for documentation and conservation of buildings, sites and neighbourhoods of the Modern Movement.

For more information on the competition, see Competition Information and Competition Regulations.


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