Architectural Photography of the Hugh Lane Gallery extension and restoration, Dublin Ireland
Gilroy Macmahon architects
Hugh Lane Gallery extension and restoration photography of the interiors and exteriors
One of Dublin’s popular cultural institutes, the Hugh Lane Gallery on Parnell Square has undergone a recent renaissance. Gilroy McMahon, together with Gallery Director Barbara Dawson, City Architect Jim Barrett and Exhibition Curator Christina Kennedy, commenced a process of think-tank in order to redefine what precisely makes a good gallery experience. There are obvious contradictions. To compete for public attention, a gallery visit has to be enjoyable and social; browsing in the bookshop, hanging out in the café. On the other hand, engaging with a painting is a profoundly spiritual experience. Someone said that a contemporary museum was part temple part supermarket.
The think-tank produced a couple of new ideas upon which the design was predicated. The first was a conclusion that the three most important elements in gallery design are circulation, circulation and yes circulation; not quite the normal suspects. It appeared as imperative to have a central and legible sequential circulation route off which there would be choices; i.e. an inner sequential route with outer selective ones. There would be a beginning, an outward journey and a return to the beginning in the form of a loop. Retracing ones steps along a single outward path does not work. It reduces the vividness of the experience to something desultory.
Winner of the Interior Design 2007 Public Space Award
Awarded RIAI Irish Architecture award
The Hugh Lane Gallery is one of Dublin’s major art galleries. Housed in a converted Georgian town house, the Client required a major extension to the side and rear to house its expanding collection of Modern Art. The existing building is a Protected Structure, as are the adjoining 4-storey Georgian terraces. Construction of the 3-storey over basement extension was in reinforced concrete with blockwork infill panels to the rear with a steel framed connection to the existing gallery
Project in brief