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Design Ideas Competition for the RIAI, and Department of Education & Skills, Republic of Ireland: Designing Primary Schools for 21st Century Learners 
Concept – just as the Dandelion grows, flowers and matures, the seeds- the children, leave to new beginnings.


‘There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity underthe heavens’ - Ecclesiastes 3 New International Version (NIV)

Architecture:
C. J. Falconer & Associate's design for a Primary School for 21st Century Learners, is derived from many layers. The initial planning of the design focused on accessing all areas of accommodation directly off the General Purpose Area- the initial layer, and there by forming a common meeting point and main thoroughfare of the school. The surrounding related concentric rings cater for inter related spaces and zoning.

The nature of the design caters for a single storey plan – which lends itself to the accessibility of children and aids supervision. It was important that the scale…

Entry to Dublin City Council and Codema, Imagine Energy Competition

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Entry to Dublin City Council and Codema, Imagine Energy Competition


Project Description

Conceived as a Beacon of Light, the ‘Energy Beacon’, consists of a Cast Transparent Acrylic Extrusion of the Dublin City Boundary Map. This extrusion sits on a Podium containing RGB Led Projection lighting (which is both programmable and remotely controlled). These Led’s are controllable in both colour and intensity to proportionally display the current Renewable and Non-Renewable Energy Usage in Ireland and Energy Demands during different times or the day and year. Furthermore the Colour Tone of Each Individual Energy Source can be replicated in the associated Interactive Displays and Online\ Offline Resources. Should more specific Information be available now or in the future regarding the areas where renewable or non-renewable energy emulates (or should other sustainable factors also be considered), the Led’s can highlight these areas on a Geographic specific basis.

Overlaid on these Led’s, lies th…

Entry to RIAI Competition for Dublin City University New Entrance

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Entry to RIAI Competition for Dublin City University New Entrance





Project Description

Aligned to either side of the Central Campus Avenue Axis at the main Entrance from Collins Avenue, a Concave Wall and Convex Arch are placed, derived initially from one solid form similar to the provision of education to a Student from a Teacher and University. Due to the confined nature of access from the right due to the Location of the Nursing Building, a Convex Arch is placed- pedestrians pass beneath this Arch receiving a sense of arrival. Due to the revised Road Layout discussed further in this report, a widening of the opening is possible to the left where an emplacing Concave wall is positioned. This subsequently widens further to form a new Plaza Area for Seating, Meeting, Eating, Performance and Sculpture Installations- adding to the existing Public areas of the Campus, which provides a renewed purpose for the Entrance area in addition to Vehicular circulation. Both of Curved Feature the hei…

Design Study- Fenor Bog Visitor Centre

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Design Study- Fenor Bog Visitor Centre, Fenor, Co. Waterford.





Site Location, Description and Analysis 

Fenor (Fennor or FionnĂșir) Bog is located in Fenor Village Co. Waterford, 5km West of Tramore and 16km South-Southwest of Waterford City which is in the South East of Ireland. Fenor Village lies within the Copper Coast Region, on the Dungarvan/ Coast Road. The village itself is quiet and of a small size- consisting of a Church which is a protected structure, a National School, Pub/ Restaurant, Playground and G.A.A. club. Notwithstanding this, its location on the R975 coast drive from Waterford to Dungarvan, close proximity to Kifarrasy Beach and Ballyscanlon Woods/ Lake making it a popular destination for visitors and tourists nationally and internationally.



The bog was formerly raised and turf was cut away by hand until the 1920's, after which it was left undisturbed. It is likely that most of the acid peat was removed to reveal alkaline peat, upon which fen vegetation has regenera…

Design Study- Viking Interpretation Centre

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Design Study- Viking Interpretation Centre, on the Site of a 9th Century Viking Settlement at Woodstown, Co. Waterford.



Design Statement

The Viking Interpretation Centre, on the Site of a 9th Century Viking Settlement at Woodstown, Co. Waterford, Ireland has been designed along an Axis running west to east to Views over the partially completed excavations present on the Site, the River Suir and the surrounding Countryside. The Centre is located on the gradual slope to the East of the Site, a sufficient distance from the extent of the past settlement.




The Main Circulation route is aligned along this axis allowing visitors to connect to the significance of the site throughout their journey down through the building and into the past. This main circulation route is in the form of a gently falling ramp which closely integrates with the existing contours of the site. The uninterrupted nature of this central ramp provides universal access, can accommodate large groups of visitors whilst never…