a+u 2022:09 Feature: Grafton Architects

a+u 2022:09

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a+u’s September issue features Grafton Architects, founded in 1978 by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara. Rooted in their home city of Dublin, where topography, street life, literature, language, and people are deeply interconnected, the work of Grafton appears “drawn out of something subterranean . . . richly layered as physical constructs and as cultural interventions,” as described by literary critic Finton O’Toole in his commentary. These qualities allow Grafton’s architecture to “coexist in different temporalities.” Since winning the competition for Luigi Bocconi University’s new faculty office and auditorium facility in 2002, Grafton has proven to be as adept in internalizing and enhancing the streetscape of Georgian Dublin, as that of Lima, Milan, or Toulouse, through a series of large-scale public buildings. While there is an unmistakable tectonic power to Grafton’s approach to form, structure, and materiality, their buildings quietly yield to human scale to achieve an intimate and humane sense of comfort. This monograph highlights 25 projects, ranging from early residential to their most recent work. In addition to guest commentaries are 2 short pieces by Grafton that marked pivotal moments in the firm’s early half-century career and remain perennially germane to their design philosophy: an allegory about human habitat and environment drafted 27 years ago as a proposal for a competition, and a manifesto posing as a question to colleagues for the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. (a+u)

Essay:
FREESPACE (2018)
Grafton Architects

Toulouse School of Economics
ESB Headquarters Dublin

Essay:
“A species of formation”: Constituting Urban Form in Dublin and Toulouse
Hugh Campbell

Dublin City Library, Parnell Square Cultural Quarter
The Marshall Building, London School of Economics and Political Science
Town House, Kingston University
Institut Mines-Télécom Paris-Saclay
University of Engineering and Technology
Luigi Bocconi University

Essay:
Earthed Lightning
Fintan O’Toole

Medical School and Student Residence, University of Limerick
Merrion Row, Department of Finance
Solstice Arts Center
Urban Institute of Ireland, University College Dublin
Ardscoil Mhuire, Ballinasloe
Dunshaughlin Civic Offices
Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Trinity College Dublin
University of Limerick President’s House
The Long House
Denzille Lane Cinema and Apartments

Essay:
The Abandoned Snail Shell (1995)
Grafton Architects

Essay:
Between Gandon and Grafton
Edward McParland

Dublin Port, the Flour Mill and Liffey Tolka
Anthony Timberlands Center for Design and Materials Innovation Crawford Art Gallery
Kongju National University
Sensing Spaces
Architecture as New Geography, Venice Biennale 2012 – Common Ground
FREESPACE, Venice Biennale 2018