Provost’s Stables – TCD Irish Art Research Centre

Trinity College Dublin

Trinity Irish Art Research Centre – A conversion of the Provost’s Stables.

Area: 260 sqm
Completion: 2007

It is the author’s effort to put life into language; the translator’s role is to find the life within that language. Working on conversion projects such as this, where the setting and theme of the architecture have been so clearly established by another architect in another time, the incoming architect forsakes his usual role as author / designer to become a reader / translator of the given material.

We took all our decisions on this project in this spirit; the array of five stalls with their timber screens showing scratchmarks from years of use provided the requisite fifteen study bays for researchers. This is not merely a precautionary measure to reduce risk of damage to original material. There is pleasure to be drawn from this reading and translation.

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