A New Irish Vernacular

This image of a proposed house by Irish architecture practice Mcgarry Moon reminded me of a conversation I had earlier in the week with Laurence Lord from AP+E


AP+E are part of a new generation of architects emerging in Ireland at the moment — relatively new — they are definitely a practice to watch.

Last week I had the privilege of spending the day with Laurence and others in Dublin, interviewing them for a piece I am working on for the Irish Times.

At the end of the day I walked through the Liberties with Laurence and we talked briefly about the different between architecture from nations with a Celtic or Nordic history as opposed to Saxon/Roman (or Swiss as Laurence quipped).

We talked about architect Steve Larkin's house at Bogwest. Which we both felt captured something of what we meant by the Celtic/Nordic lineage — Aalto's organic modernism, is a good example of this.

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Steve Larkin Architects - House, Bogwest. - Photograph by Alice Clancy 

I think that these two images open up a conversation about the difference.

I'll be writing more about this over the coming weeks.