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a+u 2022:09 Feature: Grafton Architects

a+u 2022:09

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English + Japanese / 160 Pages / 219 x 292 mm / 580 g

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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)

FREESPACE (2018) 4
Grafton Architects
Toulouse School of Economics 8
ESB Headquarters Dublin 18
“A species of formation”: Constituting Urban Form in Dublin and
Toulouse 28
Hugh Campbell
Dublin City Library, Parnell Square Cultural Quarter 34
The Marshall Building, London School of Economics and Political
Science 36
Town House, Kingston University 50
Institut Mines-Télécom Paris-Saclay 64
University of Engineering and Technology 72
Luigi Bocconi University 80
Earthed Lightning 92
Fintan O’Toole
Medical School and Student Residence, University of Limerick 98
Merrion Row, Department of Finance 106
Solstice Arts Center 110
Urban Institute of Ireland, University College Dublin 116
Ardscoil Mhuire, Ballinasloe 122
Dunshaughlin Civic Offices 124
Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Trinity
College Dublin 126
University of Limerick President’s House 132
The Long House 134
Denzille Lane Cinema and Apartments 138
The Abandoned Snail Shell (1995) 140
Grafton Architects
Between Gandon and Grafton 142
Edward McParland
Dublin Port, the Flour Mill and Liffey Tolka 144 / Anthony
Timberlands Center for Design and Materials Innovation 146 /
Crawford Art Gallery 150 / Kongju National University 151
Sensing Spaces 152 / Architecture as New Geography, Venice
Biennale 2012 – Common Ground 154 / FREESPACE, Venice Biennale
2018 156