november 2014

great to see our meath project shortlisted for the wood awards 2014

click here to see the shortlist

click on the image above to view the project


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june 2014

the studio is very excited to be included in remodelista’s experts gallery!

click here to explore the gallery


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june 2014

our connemara project's relationship to the surrounding landscape has been referenced in a question for the leaving cert art paper! Good luck to all of those awaiting results in August!

visit the project here


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june 2014

exciting to see our passive house project on the front cover of passive house plus this month!

see more on the project here


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may 2014

our friends at www.makersandbrothers.com have a new pop-up and workshop open in new york for nyc design week! They are exploring the process of carving a simple wooden spoon, in the garden of the standard hotel, east village, over the next few days from 15-20 may.


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april 2014

a blast from the past, our 1984 competition winning project for battersea power station has been featured in ICON magazine. unfortunately it went unrealized, a fate that has also befallen subsequent projects by Nicolas Grimshaw, Rafael Viñoly and Terry Farrell amongst others

see more on the project here


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march 2014

nice to see our connemara project trending on gardenista, click on the image above to see the article

click here to explore the project


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february 2014

so, having gone up on the passive house database last december, our meath project has just been certified passive! this is a first for PLA so we are all very excited. credit also to our engineers Casey O'Rourke, energy consultant Integrated Energy and the contractors GEM Construction

click here to explore the project


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december 2013

our meath project has just gone up on the passive house database!!

click on the image above to see it there


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november 2013

our friends at www.makersandbrothers.com have a new tiny department store open at 5 dame lane, dublin 2. makers and brothers and others is open until christmas eve and is definitely worth a visit!

check out a video of the store


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september 2013

our ballsbridge project has just been featured on one of our favourite websites, remodelista!

click here to see the article


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august 2013

nearing completion at long last, our meath project.


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april 2013

we are opening our door again this year on saturday the 11th of may in aid of the Simon Community. you can book an hour slot to discuss your project with us here in the studio in exchange for a €50 donation to the cause. One of our previous attendees is actually just nearing completion of their project in lismore (see above, click on image to explore).


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january 2013

from our recent Image Interiors photoshoot, our ongoing works at fairholm

click on the image above to explore fairholm


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november 2012

Institute of Designers in Ireland top prize for residential interiors for the third consecutive year!!

IDI Design awards 2012 residential interiors category

overall winner: upstairs downstairs

judges comments:

"The designers of this entry are the ones that best succeeded in giving the design a sense of place, a feeling of domesticity, by using the old as an added value (not an obstacle) to the requirements of contemporary living."

click on image above to explore upstairs downstairs


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october 2012

first floor is in, entrance hall of meath

more info


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september 2012

work underway onsite in lismore

more info


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august 2012

connemara has been included in an australian publication called 'contemporary renovations and additions'. nice feature.


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may 2012

tenders are out for meath & lismore, hope to be onsite soon, hard hats at the ready.


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april 2012

we are opening our door again this year on saturday the 12th of may in aid of the Simon Community. you can book an hour slot to discuss your project with us here in the studio in exchange for a €50 donation to the cause. there are only 2 slots left so hurry!

click here to book your slot


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february 2012

decided to treat ourselves to a new window sign and have given the studio a good spring clean.
give us a call to arrange a visit, we can discuss your project and explain how we work. free of charge with no commitment.


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january 2012

the new year brought a huge amount of global interest in our connemara project. designboom kicked things off with over 15,000 hits and sparked further interest from China, Russia, Italy, Sweden, Mexico, the US and Australia to name a few. we are looking forward to having connemara published around the world.

if you are interested in experiencing it for yourself the house is available to rent

click here for more info


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december 2011

we have a new neighbour popping up for the month of december.
Makers&Brothers is a new online retailer selling the best in irish and international design & craft.

click here to visit Makers&Brothers.com


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october 2011

a busy month. our Connemara project was exhibited as part of the 'Everyday Architecture Galway' exhibition in Eyre Square for 2 weeks. the idea is to highlight how everyone's everyday experience can be improved through good design.

more info here


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october 2011

another IDI success!

IDI Design awards 2011 residential interiors category

overall winner: mullaghmore

judges comments:

"The obvious winner in this category. Although a very architectural design and layout , the interior finishes fine detailing and choice of material used makes up an intimate living space, fit for vacationing and outdoor life."

click on image above to explore mullaghmore


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september 2011

congratualtions to John Monahan on the success of his collaboration with Gordon Ryan and Jota Castro with a sculpture for this years Dublin Contemporary exhibition. the piece is called 'us' and the exhibition runs until the 31st of oct in the earlsfort terrace gallery.


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august 2011

meet our latest recruit, domino. he enjoys chasing tennis balls and making new friends


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july 2011

World Design Capital 2014 is an exciting prospect and Pivot Dublin is the channel through which we are making our bid. the Hugh Lane Gallery was the location for a design feast and Jonathan Legge was responsible for the creative direction. a great sense of excitement and teamwork on the day. fingers crossed!

more info on Pivot Dublin here


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june 2011

notification of final grant received for new private family dwelling in co. meath


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april 2011

we will be participating in this year's Simon Community Open Door event which occurs on saturday the 7th and sunday the 8th of may. this presents the opportunity of an hour's consultation here in the studio in exchange for a €50 donation to this very worthy cause.

click here to book your slot


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january 2011

Cornelia's father (Alan Hope) features as a "hero" in a symposium on "heroes and anti-heroes of 20th century irish architecture" presented by his granddaughter Ruth O'Herlihy BArch MRIAI of McCullough Mulvin Architects at IMMA in association with docomomo Ireland

IAF website: symposium info


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november 2010

the new convention centre was the setting for the Opus awards ceremony this year, where we scooped the top prize in the under €2million catagory for ballsbridge

judges comments:

"the site visit revealed its intriguing charm. this remodeling and extension of a 19th century terrace house creates a thoughtful combination of old and new. a great sense of fluidity, light and visual connection is achieved... a beautifully crafted piece of work."

click on image below to explore ballsbridge.


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october 2010

PLA win double!

IDI Design awards 2010 residential interiors category

overall winner: ballsbridge

judges comments:

"great extension and beautiful architectural interventions in existing home, with good emphasis on the interior quality."

IDI Design awards 2010 residential interiors category

highly commended: connemara

judges comments:

"an architect's dream"

click on image below to explore connemara


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july 2010

on a somber note, shadow, the office dog, has passed away

the studio is not the same & the postman still knocks and drops the post in fear!