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

Shortlisted competition entry for Grangegorman Development Agency

2021

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The FOCAS research institute is a part of the TU Dublin Campus - housing advanced microscopy laboratories and support services. Our design for the second stage was developed in partnership with COADY partnership. Our proposal for the open competition placed the building to make a series of public spaces and gardens about the building, to build a community between research facilities. This location also allows the building resolve level differences on the site to create a rich internal landscape of conversation and encounter. This layout was inherently flexible to future changes in use while catering for the high level of vibrational control and service access required by the laboratories. The design was calibrated to be low in carbon, using minimal depths of material, a composite steel and timber structure and a layered facade which is demountable and recyclable.

29th September 2021

EU Mies Award Nomination

We are delighted that our Atcost project has been nominated for the EU Mies Award 2022. The project, for Drawing Matter in Somerset, involved converting a barn for use for education, performance and storage.
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Housing on a former industrial site

2021-

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This is a housing project on a former industrial site. The project aligns itself to an existing escarpment, framing an existing chimney. The apartments are arranged in two blocks, one tall and one linear.

Refurbishment of a Victorian Home, Dublin

2018-2020

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Sometimes you don’t need to add space to transform a house. In this project a previously modified Victorian house was renovated, with minimal increase in floor area. Our work to the rear is less an addition than it is a weaving, building on a careful consideration of the site as we found it. The design is made in a series of bay windows and roof lights which imply rooms of various scale in a large open plan. The rear wall of the house is propped at the first floor level by a steel column which opens up the existing rooms to the back of the house as one large living space. This structural figure anchors the spaces surrounding it. In spite of the terrace condition, each of these ‘rooms’, for cooking, gathering, eating and relaxing, is lit from all directions.

Competition entry for Sara Hilden Museum, Tampere

2020

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The museum is placed in four volumes, linked on half levels by a central stairs and lift. The result is an interconnected landscape of galleries, event spaces and more. The volumes step to preserve existing trees on site, and to make pocket public spaces between the building and the city.

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

2017-2018

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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.

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.

A multigenerational dwelling for a number of growing families in Dublin

2008–2012

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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.

Alterations and additions to a house in South Dublin

2017

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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.

Red Pavilion, London Festival of Architecture

2015

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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.

Renovations and additions to a house in South Dublin

2015—2016

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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.

2018

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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

2008

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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

2008–2009

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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

2008 - 2010

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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.
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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. We enjoy how physical, historical, social, legislative and economic aspects all impinge and shape architecture, and find that it is in this abrasion that projects frequently find meaning and clarity.

We have a work method to support this based on conversation and curiosity. 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.

The practice designs cultural, infrastructural and residential work in Ireland and elsewhere.

People

Andrew Clancy is Professor of Architecture in the Kingston School of Art, and directs REGISTER - a research grouping which encompasses a wide range of means to engage with, research and disseminate thinking about the built environment. Key activities include its popular lecture and podcast series and also includes symposia, conferences and publications. He was Visiting Professor at the Arkitektskolen Aarhus, Denmark in 2015; and previously led the M.Arch in Queens University Belfast. He has examined and been a guest critic in a wide range of schools including ETH (SUI); EPFL (SUI); Kaiserslautern (GER); AA (UK); Cass (UK); TU Dublin (IRL); Glasgow School of Art (UK); Dundee (UK); Aberdeen (UK). He has a PhD from RMIT and is a member of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland

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 is director of the M.Arch programme in Queens University Belfast and runs a unit there. He has been guest critic and invited lecturer in numerous schools including UdK (GER); Glasgow School of Art (UK); UCD (IRL). He is currently a senior lecturer at Queens University Belfast where he co-ordinates the M.Arch programme.

If you are looking to work with us please send applications to jobs@clancymoore.com

Collaborators

Alexandra Pickerill, Tobias Beale

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

Exhibitions

  • 40 Under 40, Athens, Paris, Dublin 2019
  • Alternative Histories - London, Brussels, Dublin 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

Lectures

  • AF 100 days Studio 'Critical Practice' 2020
  • Isolation Talks, Sydney 2020
  • UdK Invited Lecture, Berlin 2018
  • Europa Talks, Venice 2018
  • AAI lecture, Trinity College Dublin April 2018
  • RIBA Lecture 2018
  • RIAI London, Lecture 2018
  • Udk Berlin 2017

Awards

  • EU Mies Award - Nominated 2021
  • FOCAS International Design Competition - Shortlisted 2021
  • AAI Award for Ailesbury Park 2021
  • AR Peter Davey Award 2019
  • Europe 40 under 40 2019
  • RIAI Award - Winner Best extension 2019
  • Image Architects of the Year  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

Publications

  • 'Urban Embrace' Architecture Today  September 2020
  • 'Averted Gaze' Drawing Matter August 2020
  • 'Critical Practice' Architectural Review July 2020
  • 'Foreign Correspondence' Architectural Review July 2019

Credits

Designed by Studio Mathias Clottu
Programmed by Benedict de Silva