LiminalIrish design at the threshold

ID2015.


Grafton Architects &
Graphic Relief

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Part of
Liminal
Milan
April 14-19

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Part of
Liminal
New York
May 15–18

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Part of
Liminal
Dublin
Nov 20 -
Dec 30

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Grafton Architects

Grafton Architects

Grafton Architects was formed in 1978 and has won many international plaudits for its work, including the World Building of the Year Award 2008 for the Bocconi University project in Milan.

The British Civic Trust award and AAI Special Award in 2009, both for the Department of Finance building in Dublin; the Silver Lion Award at the Venice Biennale Common Ground exhibition 2012; and a shortlisting for the 2013 Stirling Prize for Medical School and Student Accommodation at the University of Limerick. Current projects include the School of Economics for the University of Toulouse and the new university campus for UTEC in Lima (both now under construction); Institut Mines-Télécom university building, Paris Saclay; Town House building, Kingston University London; and Dublin City Library – all won by international competition.

Co-Founders Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara are Fellows of the RIAI, International Honorary Fellows of RIBA and elected members of Aosdána, the eminent Irish Arts organisation. They were appointed adjunct Professors at their alma mater University College Dublin in 2015 and have been visiting professors at EPFL,Lausanne and at Accademia di Archittettura, Mendrisio where they were appointed full professors in 2013. They held the Kenzo Tange chair at GSD Harvard in 2010 and the Louis Kahn chair at Yale in the Fall of 2011 and were joint winners of the Jane Drew Award 2015.

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Grafton Architects, fondato nel 1978 dai co-fondatori Yvonne Farrell e Shelley McNamara hanno vinto numerosi premi prestigiosi a livello internazionale per il loro lavoro all’interno di progetti che spaziano dal progetto dell’Università Bocconi a Milano all’edificio del Dipartimento di Finanza a Dublino.

Graphic Relief

 

Graphic Relief

Designer Eric Barrett and engineer Mark Dale joined forces in 2010 to form Graphic Relief, located in both Dublin and London. Mark had worked as both an engineer and manufacturing advisor, while Eric brought over 20 years’ experience working with a range of materials, especially concrete. They were joined in 2012 by Giancarlo Lovino, former managing director of Permasteelisa, who has extensive knowledge of the construction industry from experience on many prestigious projects.

Graphic Relief has developed the capability to produce extremely fine detail moulds that can be used to cast a variety of different materials. Ideas and designs can be transformed into a wide range of architectural finishes, for both internal and external applications. Graphic Relief was created with innovation at its heart and has collaborated with many different designers, architects and artists over the past few years. Constantly involved in research and development programs, the Graphic Relief team is always trying to push the limits of materials.

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Graphic Relief ha sviluppato la capacità di produrre forme dai dettagli estremamente raffinati che possono essere usati per stendere una grande varietà di diversi materiali. Idee e progetti possono essere trasformati in un’ampia gamma di traguardi architettonici, sia per applicazioni d’interni che di esterni. La collaborazione mostra la possIbilità di aggiungere una nuova dimensione all’uso di materiali da costruzione.


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Grafton Architects & Graphic Relief

Grafton Architects & Graphic Relief

Grafton Architects & Graphic Relief

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Grafton Architects & Graphic Relief

Collaborative Process

The collaboration between Graphic Relief and Grafton Architects aims to push the boundaries of what can be achieved when two companies are willing to take risks. Grafton bring their wealth of experience to bear in the design of large scale iconic buildings while Graphic Relief bring their expertise in working on highly detailed architectural concrete panels. The fusion of scale, experimentation and the opportunity to test how diverse materials react when combined with glass reinforced concrete will result in a mixture of unexpected outcomes and happy accidents that could lead in multiple directions.

For Liminal, their collaboration has evolved from a series of small-scale samples to 23 nine foot high concrete fins, each representing the bark of a native Irish tree, first shown at the Victoria & Albert Museum as a landmark project during London Design Festival. This installation was viewed by over 109,000 visitors during the festival.

Materials

Cast Concrete and Steel