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Pictures from Trinity College Dublin’s Berkeley and Usher libraries

Alfred writes:

A new book [Dublin Architecture – 150+ Buildings Since 1990] honours Trinity’s Berkeley and Usher libraries as two of the best buildings in Dublin.

It’s true they are beautiful, if you like bare concrete and wood panelling, but the ceilings let water in and you can kill twelve students by closing a door.

Broadsheet has some knowledgeable archibuffs. What’s so good about these buildings, apart from the impromptu waterslide and death chamber?


Architecture: Not everything built in boom was rubbish (Irish Times)

If you have a problem if no one else can help and if you can find them maybe you can ask a Broadsheet reader? Broadsheet@broadsheet.ie



Some of the handiwork of Dublin architects’ architects Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey [top] who have won the 2015 RIBA [Royal Institute of British Architects] Royal Gold Medal in “recognition of their lifetime’s work”.

Shiela and John, both in their early sixties, are apparently among the “youngest recipients of the Medal” previously given to the likes of Le Corbusier , Mies van der Rohe and Frank Gehry

The citation reads:

“It is forty years since it had been awarded to an Irish practice*. In the meanwhile Irish architecture has flourished – particularly in their generation – with a commitment to the art and the craft of building which is the envy of our more populous island. What marks Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey’s achievement is that very commitment.

They are, of course builders first of all: but they are writers and teachers as well as professionals, active through the Architectural Association of Ireland in whose recent revival they were instrumental, so that their presence on the Irish scene is a powerful one, and their influence as teachers and writers has been extremely important.

From top: Ranelagh multi-denominational School, Ranelagh, Dublin; the Gray family home, Howth, Co Dublin; An Gaelaras Irish Language Arts and Cultural Centre, Derry.

Fair play, etc.


O’Donnell and Tuomey win RIBA Gold Medal (AJ)

O Donnell Tuomey


From Libraries: a new coffee-table tome featuring 44 of the world’s most lavishly appointed, architecturally impressive and beautiful libraries, among them Trinity College Library and The National Library of Ireland (bottom two pix).

Above (from top): Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm Centre, Humboldt University Berlin, LiYuan Library, Beijing, The Black Diamond, Royal Library of Copenhagen, Denmark and Sir Duncan Rice Library, University of Aberdeen, Scotland.


(H/T: Spaghetti Hoop)

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The quite frankly mind-scrambling work of artist Ben Sack: intricately detailed cityscapes drawn with a succession of 0.05 black Stabilo pigment liners that he exhausts and replaces many times in the months it takes to complete each drawing.

His most recent work (of which you can see much more here) is the circular A Single Note above. It’s 3.8 meters across.

Prints are available.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is an ever present threat.


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Architects often use photographs of random passers by,  cut from their backgrounds and superimposed on building mock-ups to give a sense of scale to project art.

In her collage series Wall People, Georgian artist Eka Sharashidze makes the excised humans the main focus of the image – stacking and replicating them like musical notation or modern urban hieroglyphs.