National Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow, Ireland, 2003

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Home of the Éigse Art Festival, Carlow is a small Irish town which annually hosts one of the country’s most acknowledged arts events. The new building provides a major art gallery for the display of large sculpture and dedicated to the interaction of public, art and artists.

Conceived as a large barn, the proposal offers wide flexible spaces in a loose fit arrangement. Within its copper envelope, a tall public street forms an axis through its center forming galleries to either side and framing the neo-Gothic cathedral across the square.