As the inexorable rise of sustainable building technology and materials continues apace there is a growing argument that much of architecture still reflects our unsustainable recent past.
Must sustainable architecture shift away from 20th century aesthetics, leaving behind the oil and resource-fuelled optimism of modernism? Must sustainable architecture not only address but express the threats posed by climate change and resource scarcity? Architects Patt O’Neill and Sharon O’Brien describe the influences and the methodology that underpin their visions of environmentally orientated architecture.
A house in Limerick city, which was redesigned by architect Patti O’Neill, has been shortlisted for a prestigious award from the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland.
TWO architecture projects in Limerick are among 38 projects shortlisted for this year’s Irish Architecture Awards.
The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) have put two Limerick projects on the list – the €2m redeveloped Milk Market in the city and a ‘zero waste’ house in the city.
The latter was the creation of Nenagh based O’Neill Architecture, who used recycled products in the
design of the house, specifically to create an exterior courtyard reaching into the garden.
“This allowed light into a dark and dreary room and resulted in lower heating bills for the client,”
said the RIAI.