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McCullough Mulvin Architecture News

1 Aug 2018
Butler Gallery, County Kilkenny, province of Leinster, South-East Ireland
The Butler Gallery Kilkenny building by McCullough Mulvin Architects
image © McCullough Mulvin Architects
Butler Gallery Building
Dublin-based practice McCullough Mulvin Architects have begun refurbishment and conservation works to transform an historic former almshouse and garden in Kilkenny into a state-of-the-art home for The Butler Gallery – one of Ireland’s most vibrant contemporary art spaces.

29 Dec 2017
Beaufort Maritime and Energy Research Laboratory, Ringaskiddy, Cork, Ireland
Beaufort Maritime and Energy Research Laboratory design by McCullough Mulvin Architects
photo © Christian Richters
Beaufort Maritime and Energy Research Laboratory
The project – a Maritime Energy Research and National Ocean Testing Facility – located beside the Lower Harbour in Cork, Ireland, involves a tall element housing research spaces and a lower tank hall containing testing facilities.

Dublin Dental Hospital, Ireland

Dublin Dental Hospital design by McCullough Mulvin Architects
photo © Christian Richters
Dublin Dental Hospital building

Child and Psychiatric Unit, Cork, southwest Ireland

Child and Psychiatric Unit Cork design by McCullough Mulvin Architects
picture © Christian Richters
Child and Psychiatric Unit Cork

Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Trinity College Dublin design by McCullough Mulvin Architects
photo : Ros Kavanagh
Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin

McCullough Mulvin Architects – Key Projects

Featured Buildings by McCullough Mulvin, alphabetical:

McCullough Mulvin Architects’ recent projects in Ireland – divided into buildings in the city of Dublin and buildings in the countryside.

With the exception of the Thurles building (The Source – a library/gallery and theatre) – the projects are small – like trial pieces around a theme and a place – making a skin and form architecture of today, yet reflecting the character of their place.

Urban Projects by McCullough Mulvin Architects

Coombe School – Childrens’ Castle
Coombe School building Coombe School Coombe School design by McCullough Mulvin Architects
photos : Christian Richters

Engineers Ireland (underground building with roof garden)
Engineers Ireland design by McCullough Mulvin Architects
photo : Ros Kavanagh

Leeson Park – Victorian Garden Room
Leeson Park design by McCullough Mulvin Architects Leeson Park
photos : Christian Richters
Leeson Park

Lincoln Place Office
Lincoln Place Office design by McCullough Mulvin Architects Lincoln Place Office
photos : Ros Kavanagh

Thurles Arts Centre and Library
Thurles Arts Centre design by McCullough Mulvin Architects Thurles Arts Centre
photos : Christian Richters

In Dublin, this means the brickwork of the city and the issues involved in building in and around the particular nature of terraces, yards, and urban gardens. One project is a buried lecture theatre with a garden on the roof, another an urban school like a childrens castle. Then a small flatiron office building in the 18th century city centre, the fourth a garden room behind the ubiquitous Victorian terraces of Dublin’s suburbs.

The country buildings reflect the simple while wind-blown forms of the traditional landscape, playing with the dramatically changing light – one an artists studio in Connemara, then a small fire station buried in a hill and a laboratory building in the grounds of a country house.

Country Projects by McCullough Mulvin Architects

DC Studio – Connemara artists studio
Connemara artists studio Connemara artists studio
photos : Ros Kavanagh

Oakpark (Laboratory in grounds of country house):
Oakpark Oakpark
photos : Ros Kavanagh

Westport Fire Station
Westport Fire Station Westport Fire Station
photos : Ros Kavanagh

Major Developments by McCullough Mulvin, alphabetical:

Children’s Psychiatric Hospital, Dublin

Medico Legal Centre, Dublin
Medico Legal Centre Dublin
image from architects
Medico Legal Centre

Monastery, Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland

The Source Arts Centre & Library, Thurles, Ireland
Thurles Building
photograph : Christian Richters
Thurles building

Usher Library, Trinity College Dublin

More architecture by McCullough Mulvin Architects online soon

The Source Arts Centre & Library Thurles:
Irish Architecture Awards 2007 – Best Public / Cultural Building

Location: L16 Molesworth Street, Dublin, Ireland

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McCullough Mulvin Architects – Practice Background

McCullough Mulvin Architects was founded in 1986 by Niall McCullough and Valerie Mulvin, and is one of a new generation of practices in Ireland with a strong dedication to design excellence. Their work includes cultural projects, civic buildings, residential work, and more recently, libraries for public and academic use.

Early projects by McCullough Mulvin Architects included a lecture theatre for the Institution of Engineers of Ireland and theatre works such as The Abbey Theatre in Dublin: the practice was closely involved in the Temple Bar Framework Plan for the Temple Bar area as part of Group91 Architects, designing Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Black Church Print Studio, and Temple Bar Music Centre on the Curved Street.

In 1994, McCullough Mulvin were winners of a competition for the design of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Hall, completed in 1996, and in 1998 were joint winners of a competition to design a new library for Trinity College Dublin, completed in 2002.

The practice designed a monastery for Drogheda, Co. Louth, Dungloe District Offices in Donegal, the Model Arts and Niland Gallery in Sligo, and Civic Offices and Library for Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo. They were also responsible for the refurbishment of Sligo Courthouse, apartments at 116 Grafton St. in Dublin and designed single family houses like the Square House, Blackrock, Co. Dublin and the mews house at Louis Lane, Dublin.

Recently completed projects include a new library in Waterford City, a laboratory and office building in University College Dublin, Thurles Art Centre and Library, Ballina Civic Offices and Theatre and a buried lecture theatre for the Institution of Engineers of Ireland. Current projects include a Sports Centre in Marley Park, Dublin, an office scheme in Mullingar, a library in the former St Maur’s Church, Rush and a development for Athlone Institute of Technology.

The practice has won several awards for its work including the Architectural Association of Ireland Downes Medal (1996 and 2002), as well as a number of AAI and RIAI Regional Awards in Ireland. The Sligo Courthouse project won a Europa Nostra Award in Munich in 2004: the work of the practice has also been exhibited as part of the Mies Van der Rohe Awards.

The projects reflect the practice’s interest in modern life and in keeping an open mind on how architecture might reflect thought about the way we live and work – also the opportunity to form public and private space in a changing society. Common themes on the inter-relationship of art, landscape (both urban and rural) and history/context play through the work: many of the projects are located in strong contexts and reflect a specific response to site and place or are modern interventions into existing buildings, an open-ended exploration of materials and form which can occur at any scale.

The work of McCullough Mulvin Architects has been published in ‘ Work: McCullough Mulvin Architects ‘ (Gandon Editions/ Anne Street Press *) and in the following periodicals A+U (397), Architectural Review (September 2001, January 2004, February 2004, May 2004), AIT (5/2003 and 5/2004), Bauwelt (4/04 and 5/04), Domus (848), Detail (10/2003), Irish Architect, The Plan (May 2003)

Available through McCullough Mulvin Architects via e-mail at macmul(at) or Gandon Editions at gandon(at)

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McCullough Mulvin Architects Studio

McCullough Mulvin Architects is a design-based architecture and urban design practice located in Dublin. Projects include the Ussher Library in Trinity College Dublin, the Model and Niland Gallery in Sligo, Waterford City Library and the Source Arts Centre and Library in Thurles, cultural and civic buildings, libraries and schools; working to define a new public realm in a changing society, dealing with Ireland’s diffuse light and stark materiality, exploring the potential for an ordinary monumentality, forming architecture outside and around the brief.

The practice has an interest in very particular contexts, making a layered architecture of sublimated reference which reflects a specific response to site and place, or forming modern interventions in existing buildings, an open-ended exploration of materials and form, which can occur at any scale.

The work is extended by publication, teaching and research: A Lost Tradition (Gandon Editions, Dublin, 1987), Dublin-An Urban History (Anne Street Press, 1989) and Palimpsest: Change in the Irish Building Tradition (Anne Street Press 1994 and Dublin-An Urban History: The Plan of the City (Anne Street/Lilliput Press 2007)

McCullough Mulvin Architects’ work has been exhibited in Germany, the UK (Cube, 2007), Spain (Mies Van der Rohe Awards), Czech Republic (Prague Quadrennial 2007), Portugal (Lisbon Triennale 2007) and Italy (Venice Biennale 2008). They lecture on the work in Ireland, Spain, Germany, Norway, the UK, Poland and the USA, are involved in teaching at the Department of Architecture, University College Dublin, School of Architecture DIT, and as visiting critics at EPFL (Lausanne, Switzerland).

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