Manchester’s insanely hip sea-themed night spot the HoldFast bar.
Troy , of Harcourt Architects, writes:
We are a small Architectural practice on Harcourt Terrace [Dublin 2]. and just discovered that our latest project, a nautical adventurers themed bar in Manchester called Holdfast, just got voted No.1 bar in the city! Given the economic climate over the past few years it hasn’t been easy and this couldn’t come at a better time…
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.
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.
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.