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Studio Plus Two features in 1000 x European Architecture

Published: Monday, February 27, 2012


An extension to Dhu Thuama National School in Ballina, Co. Mayo by Castlebar practice, Studio Plus Two, features in the prestigious international publication 1000 x European Architecture. Employing a rhythm of transparent glass and translucent polycarbonate, the extension minimises cost while maximising natural light into the classrooms behind and views out to the Atlantic coast beyond, while blurring the immediate neighbourhood.

This 38m2 extension to Dhu Thuama National School was designed to provide a new circulation spine between previously unconnected classrooms. According to architect John Ruane of Studio Plus Two, the project was envisaged as a light membrane suspended between the existing enclosed space and the exterior. While forming a communication space, it simultaneously adjoins the outdoor space to the school structure. “The unfinished timber and rudimentary detailing of the structure, exposed in the interior, are the third dimension of what externally appears to be a weightless screen – the mirror and the extension of the vast surrounding landscape”, says Ruane.

The project has been published in the new edition of 1000 x European Architecture (Braun Publishing). The selected works in this volume provide a cross-section of contemporary European architectural culture. The 1000 buildings featured, of all types and sizes, are a comprehensive overview of how differently architects and building owners have reacted to the current challenges. Across all countries there are fascinating examples of a wide variety of buildings types and sizes that substantially enrich the exciting diversity of European architecture.

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