Clancy Moore architects
66 Meath Street / Crosstick Alley
D08 DK64 Dublin, Ireland
+353 (0) 1 709 3005

The conversion of a warehouse for use as a studio and dwelling


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The existing warehouse had a delicacy in its structure, and in its layered spatiality built from an ad hoc collection of screens, gantries and ladders. In converting to use as a house we built the design to preserve and enhance these qualities. Two upper levels of bedrooms - one for parents, the other for children sit either side of the major living space. At the ground level smaller spaces such as kitchen, den and studio are divided from this central space by a series of figurative elements - columns, stairs, screens and furniture.

Model for exhibition building up a patent drawing by Joseph Paxton.

23rd March 2019

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‘Every element of its construction speaks for itself alone.’ So wrote Gottfried Semper of the Caribbean hut he had seen in the Crystal Palace, and which he used to describe the four elements of architecture. Paxton’s patent drawings and text describe a fragment of the roof that sheltered Semper, the hut and the Great Exhibition. This is an elemental architecture, light and beautiful in profile, its language arising from a precise consideration of rainwater, light and gravity. A description of nature in action. We continued these considerations, including in our thinking the necessary layered thickness of contemporary construction.

26th November 2018, 7pm

Architecture on Stage

Andrew Clancy will be in conversation with the acclaimed British architect Tony Fretton at the Barbican Centre as part of the Architecture Foundation’s Architecture on Stage series.
2017 Tony Fretton

A major wastewater treatment plant and associated landscapes for Arklow town

2016 - (In planning)

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This project is for a major piece of civic infrastructure for Arklow and has been designed in collaboration with ARUP and Bryne Looby for Irish Water. The design builds itself about the practical requirements of the plant and the sites sensitivities on a prominent part of the town. Operational aspects are stacked and massed into distinct elements which hold yards between. The facades act as infrastructural armatures, holding cranes and lighting, sheltering working areas, and sealing the treatment sections of the plant from the broader environment. The design works with the expressive potential of these rational requirements and makes civic face in keeping with the industrial processes and histories of the site.

Exhibitor at the Biennale Architettura

May–Nov 2018

Clancy Moore are participating alongside many friends in the making of the exhibition ‘Close Encounter – Meetings With Remarkable Buildings’. Our exhibit examines the wonderful Hornbaekhus in Copenhagen by Kay Otto Fisker. The show is part of the Venice Architecture Biennale 2018 curated by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara. The exhibition is located in the Central Pavilion.

A multigenerational dwelling for a number of growing families in Dublin


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Situated in a disused phylite quarry, and in a very sensitive landscape our approach was to think of the architecture as infrastructural, spanning from rock outcrops and making the quarry floor into a shared garden. Due to uncertain ground conditions, the houses act as an inhabited bridge, spanning between natural and man made outcrops forming sheds a shared entrance staircase. The houses language derives from the structure necessary to achieve these spans. Internally more intimate living spaces and bedrooms occur in a lower north-facing wing. Taller living spaces address the south. The form of the two dwellings closes the quarry to create a shared communal garden room overlooked by a long verandah and the living rooms.

25th May 2018, 11am

Europa Super Session, British Pavilion, Giardini

The concluding event of RIBA’s EUROPA: Connecting Ideas Across Borders talk series will take place in the British Pavilion, Venice. We will be speaking alongside Avenier Cornejo Architectes (FR), Caruso St John (UK), Christ & Gantenbein (CH), David Chipperfield (UK), Estudio Barozzi Veiga (ES), Fala Atelier (PT), Flores & Prats (ES), Gijs Van Vaerenbergh (BE), Hall McKnight (NI), Hollmén Reuter Sandman Architects (FI), Jurga Daubaraitė & Jonas Žukauskas (LT), Labics (IT), Mailītis Architects (LV), MAIO (ES), Sauter von Moos (CH), Something Fantastic (DE), Taka Architects (IE)
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Alterations and additions to a house in South Dublin


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This domestic reworking builds itself about the requirement to prop an upper level return. Using this central column as a figure to build from the project is constructed in layers, each tuned to mediate between the interior and the exterior, capturing niches and light between.

BD Young Architects Of The Year 2018

April 2018

Clancy Moore wins BD Young Architect of the Year Award 2018. Now in its 20th year, YAYA ‘recognises the most promising new architectural practice in the European Union’. The award has a rich heritage, with past winners including Niall McLaughlin (1998), Tom dePaor (2003), Patrick Lynch (2005), Nord (2006), Carmody Groarke (2007) Hackett Hall McKnight (2008) and David Kohn (2009).
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Red Pavilion, London Festival of Architecture


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This temporary pavilion for the London Festival of Architecture was a collaboration between Clancy Moore, TAKA and Steve Larkin. It explores various types of intimate public space, from arcades, market halls, snugs, park benches. These are assembled to make a facade to Cubitt Square in Kings Cross.

24th April 2018, 7pm

Europa Talks, RIBA London

Clancy Moore to talk at RIBA, London as part of the Europa Talk Series. ‘The EUROPA talks offer exposure to the most experimental approaches to architecture shaped by the different geographical localities, political and social realities of countries on the European continent. The series bring fresh approaches to UK audiences, opening a new channel for rigorous debate.’ RIBA Talks Curator, Meneesha Kellay
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Renovations and additions to a house in South Dublin


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The existing interior of this house was one composed of objects - furniture and space carefully arranged by the domestic eye over time. In the renovation of the house we sought to preserve this conversation. So each new intervention is considered as a discrete autonomous object that would enter into a conversation with the existing elements of the house and its furnishings. The primary addition to the house is the extension to the return of the house. Made in Steel it is intended both as a pavilion and an oversized piece of garden furniture.

The conversion of a precast concrete barn to use as a gallery and a house.


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This project is born from the found figure of the central branching support to an existing portal framedbarn in Somerset. We enjoy this moment with it’s ability to speak about system and inflection at once. The scheme exposes this condition. Building out from this in a fragmentary process the proposition becomes a series of aedicules, props and rooms which capture and frame this existing structure. It proposes a conversational architecture, contingent and ordered, complex and ambiguous, nuanced and rigorous.

A small inner city church needed more space, Dublin


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A small inner city church needed more space to allow for flexibility in catering for its dynamic congregation of new arrivals to Ireland, along with its more established community. We wrapped these new spaces around the entrance, manipulating the form to allow it to frame the existing architecture for those entering.

A collection of studios for differing arts practices in a park


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The grain of the north-lights allow the simple form to be subdivided into a series of spaces to suit varying arts practices, from multimedia, to painting, sculpture and music.

Alterations to a ‘House of the Middle Size’ Co Kerry

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This project takes the form of a series of extensions and alterations to an 18th century house at the edge of a lake. The project is a columnar field, its rhythm and order derived from the proportions of the original house. This makes a deep threshold between the existing discrete interiors and the richly planted garden. Clearings and linings in this space make rooms, and the weathering line steps to make verandahs and porches.

Clancy Moore architects

Clancy Moore is an architectural practice based in Dublin, Ireland. Established by Andrew Clancy and Colm Moore in 2008 we seek to understand context in the fullest sense of the word – physical, historical, social, legislative and economic aspects all impinge and shape the architecture.

We seek congruencies in this conversation that allow our architecture to speak about the place it stands in, the people who use it, the techniques and people that made it, and the broader society it is a part of.


Andrew Clancy was educated in UCD, graduating in 2001. He established Clancy Moore Architects with Colm in 2008. Andrew Completed a PhD by Practice with RMIT in 2017. He has been guest critic and invited lecturer in numerous schools in Ireland and the UK. In 2015 he was Velux Visiting Professor to the Aarhus School of Architecture. Since 2016 he is Professor of Architecture at the Kingston School of Art London.

Colm Moore was educated in UCD, graduating in 2002. He established Clancy Moore Architects with Andrew in 2008. Colm Completed a PhD by Practice with RMIT in 2018. He has been guest critic and invited lecturer in numerous schools in Ireland and the UK. He is currently a senior lecturer at Queens University Belfast where he co-ordinates the M.Arch programme.

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David Magennis, Marc Golden, Erang Park

Elena Cerisola, Andrew O’Murchu, Mathew Kernan, Anna Dalla Costa, Andrea Maretto, Niccolo Cesaretti, Rae Moore, Simone Turkewitsch, Shane Reid, Billy Mooney, Colm Dunbar


  • 40 Under 40, Athens, Paris, Dublin 2019
  • Alternative Histories 2019
  • Venice Biennale 2018
  • PRS, BAU School of Design, Barcelona 2018
  • AAI Awards Exhibition 2017
  • RIAI Awards Exhibition 2017
  • AR, House of the Year, John Soane Museum, London 2016
  • Nine Lives, Kilkenny 2015
  • London Design Festival 2015
  • Nine Lives, London 2015
  • AAI Awards Exhibition 2013
  • RHA, Summer Show, Dublin 2013
  • Venice Biennale, Backstage Architecture 2012
  • Made, Ormeau Baths, Belfast 2012
  • Made, UCD, Dublin 2012
  • Made, RHA, Dublin 2012
  • Rebuilding the Republic, Louvain 2012
  • AAI Awards Exhibition 2010
  • RIAI Awards Exhibtion 2009
  • Now What?, Dublin 2009
  • RHA, Summer Show, Dublin 2009


  • Europa Talks, Venice 2018
  • AAI lecture, Trinity College Dublin April 2018
  • RIBA Lecture 2018
  • RIAI London, Lecture 2018
  • Udk Berlin 2017


  • Europe 40 under 40 2019
  • RIAI Award - Winner Best extension 2019
  • BD Young Architect of the Year 2018
  • Exhibitor at Biennale Architettura 2018
  • AAI Award – Remaking a Victorian Terrace 2017
  • RIAI Awards – Shortlisted for House of the Year 2017
  • AR Pop Up Award – Red Pavilion Shortlisted 2016
  • Irish year of Design – London Pavilion 2015
  • IDI Best Furniture Award 2014
  • AR Highly Commended for House of the Year 2014
  • Wood Award – Residential 2014
  • IDI Best Residential Interior 2013
  • IDI Best Furniture 2013
  • RIAI Award – House of the Year Slievebawnogue Houses 2013
  • AAI Downes Medal – Slievebawnogue Houses 2012
  • RIAI International Competition – Aoibhneas Refuge Shortlisted 2011
  • OPW / Irish Arts Council Kevin Kiernan Award Bursary 2011
  • Irish Arts Council Bursary Award 2011
  • RIAI Awards – Award for Church of St George and St Thomas 2010
  • RIAI Awards – Best House Extension for Lake House 2010
  • RIAI International Competition – WCAW Shortlisted 2010
  • Architectural Association Award – Lake House 2010
  • Concrete Society of Ireland – Lake House 2010
  • Architectural Association Special Mention 2009
  • Irish Arts Council Bursary Ward 2009


Designed by Studio Mathias Clottu
Programmed by Benedict de Silva