Tag Archives: architecture

Hong Kong.

We’re renovating that city.

Donncha O’Brien writes:

I am working as an architect in PMDL, an Australian architecture firm in Hong Kong. Recently we completed a project in the city.

It is a handsome renovation of an old tenement building on a prominent corner in downtown Hong Kong.

What may be of interest is that the project had  three Irish designers/architects working on it – Simon Fallon, myself and Darren Snow.

We recently collaborated with the fantastic YouTube channel Never Too Small and they produced a great short video (above) of the project starring Darren.

The project has been getting great feedback locally, and now, because of the video, is being appreciated by a wider audience. It’s currently on 407,000 views after 2.5 days of being published. We wanted to share a story of some Irish emigres done good!

In fairness.

PMDL Architects

The wonderful creations of sculptor Ted Lott – stripped back elements of modern architecture constructed using a bandsaw as a scaled sawmill to generate miniature pieces of wood and other proportioned raw materials which he builds into items of found and vintage furniture. These, sez he:

…point to the complex interaction of necessity, artistry, economy, function and beauty present in the original objects, while highlighting the possibilities of transformation and growth that are a requirement for the continuation and evolution of life.

Now for yeh.

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Herbert Simms City‘.

Tribute to a modernist public servant.

By Paddy Cahill, who writes:

I though you might be interested in a short piece we have just made looking at some of the Dublin buildings of former Dublin Corporation Housing Architect, Herbert Simms, top, (who oversaw the building of 17,000 new homes in Dublin City).

Overworked and under-appreciated, Simms took his own life at the age of 50 on September 27th 1948 leaving a note: “I cannot stand it any longer, my brain is too tired to work any more. It has not had a rest for 20 years except when I am in heavy sleep. It is always on the go like a dynamo and still the work is being piled on to me.”

This short film observes some of Simms designs, while we hear Nell Regan’s poem inspired by him, and Irene Buckley’s original musical composition.

Top pic: Irish Times

Meanwhile

Architect Kevin Roche: Dublin born but raised in Mitchelstown, County Cork,

Kevin Roche, the Irish-American architect and Pritzker laureate known whose modernist sensibility transformed America’s post-war cultural and corporate institutions, has died of natural causes in his home in Guilford, Connecticut. News of Roche’s passing was first posted to the website of his office, Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates late on 02 March. He was 96 years old.

Kevin Roche, Celebrated Designer of Post-War America, Passes away at 96 (ArchitectDaily)

Kevin Roche, Architect Who Melded Bold With Elegant, Dies at 96 (New York Times)

Pic: Roche, Dinkloo & Associatesd

Dreaming Squares.

Paddy Cahill writes:

Back in 2013 myself and Shane O’Toole filmed an interview with Ronnie Tallon – the most prolific architect in 20-century Ireland, and one of its most discerning – about his masterwork, the former Carrolls Cigarette Factory in Dundalk (top) – now, half a century later, an Institute of Technology.

This (above) is our recently completed short documentary from this interview, filmed shortly before Dr Tallon’s death in 2014, where he talks about why he loved the square shape for the infinite freedom it offers within fixed constraints….

Paddy Cahill

A selection of especially gravity-defying examples of Brutalist architecture.

From top: Grand Central Water Tower, Midrand, South Africa, (1996); Armstrong Rubber Company Building, New Haven, Connecticut, (1968); São Paulo Museum of Art,  Brazil, (1968); Praxis Home, Mexico City (1970); Timmelsjoch Experience Pass Museum, Austria, (2010) and De Rotterdam, Rotterdam, ( 2013).

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