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O’Donnell + Tuomey

John Tuomey MArch FRIAI RIBA was born in Tralee, Co Kerry. He studied architecture at UCD where he gained his BArch in 1976 and his MArch in 2004. In 1988 he and Shiela O’Donnell entered into partnership together to form O’Donnell + Tuomey. Shiela O’Donnell BArch MA (RCA) FRIAI RIBA was born in Dublin and also studied architecture at UCD. Their practice has been instrumental in the regeneration of the Temple Bar area in Dublin. O’Donnell + Tuomey have also published significant architectural monographs and been involved in numerous architectural exhibitions including the 2004 and 2006 Venice biennale. Current works include An Gaeláras, Derry; Lyric Theatre, Belfast and Photographers’ Gallery, London.

An Gaeláras

O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects

An Gaeláras, a cultural building for the Irish Language in Derry currently under construction, has a glass-roofed trapezoidal courtyard that is carved through the four floors of the building with stairs, bridges and platforms crossing and overlooking the central space. Light spills into the central court through an inverted rooflight and the different functions of each floorplate are made legible by the complex overlapping geometries of the structure. The exhibit consists of an abstracted model of the courtyard space with an inbuilt light and sound installation. The visitor approaches to observe the life of the space within through deliberately placed apertures framing events. On engagement with the model a light and sound sequence is triggered, casting shadows across the interior which illustrate the passing of day into night to the accompaniment of a projected soundscape.

Lighting: Nicholas Ward
Sound: Jürgen Simpson