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Cormac Dillon, Alwin Holden Bobbett

This project began with traditional notions of space in the west of Ireland, vernacular cottages. Dotted throughout the scared landscape are the two roomed, rendered, stone dwellings. Small openings and deep reveals provide inhabitancy with shelter from the driving rain, along with minimal natural light. Imposing geometric gables face prevailing winds, while steeply pitched roofs quickly discard of water. The nucleus of these homes is the hearth. An object that cooks, heats, and conducts storytelling. These cottages are sanctuaries from the elements. This installation creates a sanctuary from the city, by reinterpreting the cottage's concepts and geometries. Standing as on object in Eyre square, Galway, three tall, swooping walls guard a beacon like chimney within. Visitors can enter the courtyard. pavilion through any of the three entrances, each varying in height and pitch. One is guided through the concrete funnels by the flames of the lit hearth within. Visitors are released into a generous courtyard while the overhead beams contain the speciality of the space overhead. The sheltered seating around the hearth, allows for conversation and rest. The raised platform behind the seating provides a tall room, where visitors are invited to walk though and investigate the structure overhead. Firewood is stored at either end of each room, which is easily accessible by all. Visitors are invited to add to the hearth after walking through the room. By reinterpreting the cottages physical and special elements this pavilion creates a space that is unique to the west of Ireland. Our aspiration is not to shelter a person from the weather, but from the noise of city life. We hope to give people the space sits around an open hearth in community. People that might ignore one another in the streets, now in conversation.

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