Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland
Telefís na Gaeilge
Co. Galway, Ireland
Although modest in scale, the architecture aspires to timelessness, looking to the future while being mindful of the past. The high-technology building sits comfortably in the landscape, giving fresh expression to the region’s cultural and vernacular traditions by containing the irregular plan form within a striking pinkish carapace of local, field-quarried granite, evoking impressions of an ancient ruin revived.
This was the first project where STW specified the use of a dimensionally variable, non-standardized building material; the handcrafted shell of uncoursed random rubble walls rises to roof level at corners and ends. Innovative parapet and window cill details were developed to create TG4’s pleasingly rugged character, which is delicately offset by the highly-serviced building’s slim and sophisticated bi-modular curtain-wall glazing system, brise-soleil and transmission mast.