Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Galway, Ireland. Architect: Murray O'Laoire, 2003.
|:||Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Galway, Ireland. Architect: Murray O'Laoire, 2003. View of front facade of library showing copper cladding and glass wall between the 'sails'.|
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|:||Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology|
|:||Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Galway, Ireland. Architect: Murray O'Laoire, 2003.|
|:||The main goal of the project was to create a new structure with a stronger identity and a more contemporary, functional architectural configuration. The new building is made up of three rectangular elements containing classrooms, offices and a library. The library building is built on two levels, connected by a staircase of lamellar wood. The old and new parts of the campus are linked by a jutting bridge leading to the main entrance, sheltered by a red stretched flexible structure. Preference was given to use of local materials, including stone and, especially, copper covered with a patina, which covers the outer walls of the library as they fold to form three great sails. Where they come together views open up of the Galway coast. The three copper walls not only give the building great architectural character, but serve an important function in ventilating the library, for their shape and orientation facilitates the passage of air.|
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