Completion and Handover
The aims of the project is to develop a world class standard ‘Ulysses Exhibition’, integrate Newman House into a wider city context – opening doors and engaging with the public, and weave the three buildings together into a better functioning integral whole.
The scheme has been designed in such a way that the new works will be to the rear of the buildings and have minimal impact on the historic fabric.
The main visible architectural intervention is the creation of a new stair and lift that will replace an existing external steel staircase. The new core & link will be clad in glass with an interstitial veil of copper filigree. This solves in one single surgical intervention a host of practical issues associated with creating an exhibition centre at Newman House. It provides a museum quality stair and lift that connects all levels of the exhibition, cafe and shop as well as providing Universal access & resolving fire safety issues across all three buildings.
The materials are modern, with a clear contemporary expression, while remaining sympathetic in tone with the varied colour of the historic brick façades. The copper behind the glass will give a hint of texture to the glazed elevation.
The vaulted basement areas of nos 85 & 86 will be renovated to accommodate a new cafe and shop that open out onto the south facing courtyard. A new set of steps will link the courtyard to the garden and the Iveagh gardens beyond.
Scott Tallon Walker Architects are delighted to announce the substantial completion of construction works at Newman House, St. Stephen’s Green, for Ireland’s new landmark cultural institution, the Museum of Literature Ireland - MoLI.