Agents of Apollo.

Agents of Apollo.

Agents of Apollo.

Apollo House was never designed as a place to live. If one imagines the meetings held in the 1960’s, as the reality of the building was being discussed it seems unlikely that anyone would have suggested that the building should play a future role in the domestic lives of Dublin citizens. The rooms inside were hardly ...

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Clean Bandits.

Clean Bandits.

Sunday morning radio. Even more like an alcohol free dinner party -  with people who use dinner parties to learn about the world and love to share their "expertise" loudly with you - than usual. The assembled party of at least four men are shouting at the lone woman (a female presenter does not count) when she ...

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Paris Notebook.

Paris Notebook.

I have a thing for notebooks. Hour two alone in the best stationery department in Europe and it may already be dark outside. It’s a place where they lock notebooks behinds bars in case you touch them (they are not expensive, just glamorous, it being Paris). They have pop up shops just for notebooks here. ...

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Still Irish.

Still Irish.

I went to the corner shop today. I often do. They let me bring my dog in so I like them. It’s run by an Indian family. Young son, early twenties asked me this morning did I see the match? No I said. He screamed and clapped and said how amazing the Irish team ...

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Glitter and Decay.

Glitter and Decay.

FEB 12 2016 Growing up in the 1980s in Ireland meant a weekly Saturday morning dose of Make and Do. Within the long programme format of Anything Goes, in ten minutes Mary FitzGerald turned toilet roll holders, cereal boxes and plastic bottles into castles and rockets and thousands of children across Ireland flew off on ...

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Moving.

Moving.

MAR 12 2O15 Its 2002 and we are looking for a new house. We find one built in 1937, just before the war. It is modest but has delusions of grandeur with servants’ bells and a scullery. The owner Maureen lived in the house since 1937, her husband’s Uncle giving them the house as a ...

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Bricks and Strings.

Bricks and Strings.

On a former timber-yard in an historic part of Dublin’s brick-city, where road development tore the built fabric apart, O’ Donnell and Tuomey have made 47 homes inside a red, dense and solid brick form. The architects employ a remarkable, radical and relevant piece of urban-nostalgia as people are literally put before profit in ...

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Same New. Same New.

Same New. Same New.

You may have read or heard somewhere that Ireland is in a recession. For architecture this is indeed serious, as the production of architecture – at least in its built form - depends on client commissions, and the existence of commissions vitally depends on the availability of client money. So the picture appears bleak, ...

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Clancy Moore.

Clancy Moore.

Andrew Clancy and Colm Moore are quietly, modestly but very, very deliberately making good architecture in their shared attic-studio, close to the river in Dublin city. A new practice, they are already firmly part of the Irish architectural family, winning several design awards, and last year were shortlisted for the competition for the new ...

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