Pictures from Trinity College Dublin’s Berkeley and Usher libraries
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?
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“The Dutch market….newly-opened ‘markthal’ in Rotterdam, Netherlands by MVRDV architects. Tasty.”
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”.
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.
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)
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.
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.