great building, Ireland's best architects yada yada yada......
but in reading Shane O'Toole's review of it I'm struck by the insistence of architect's and architecture critics to make analogies between anything built of timber and a ship!! No Mr. O'Toole it is NOT like passing beneath [HTML]"what might be the curved hull of a ship"[/HTML]
it is in fact most certainly a building! And judging from it's irregular external form one may ascertain that it is without doubt someway connected to the arts, (since banks in Ireland have yet to start splashing out on formalistic follies.)
Having passed through the building and greatly admired the flow of its spatial sequence I was completely oblivious to the views which the windows apparently frame, which brings me to another point about exhibition spaces.... I'm begining to think that most contemporary galleries have their architectural highlights at the point where the skin of the box is broken and the spectator is afforded views back into the context. I'm thinking in particular of Moneo's one in Stockholm, and this leads me to think that apart from making visual connections between the interior spaces and the surrouding city, that architects are also and to a greater degree detracting from the power of the exhibition by letting their imaginations run free at the least oppertunity, hence the fancy detailed windows. Shouldnt art appreciation be about contemplation of the artist's efforts? and shouldnt the art viewer be allowed appreciate these without interuption from the architect?
On a side note does anybody think that Stephen Holl went completely overboard with the detailing at Kiasma, I mean you give an architect a project in Finland and he automatically has to bow down and kneel to Aalto. It's ridiculous, everywhere you look there's quirky door-knobs graffittied all over the building.
But anyway, to bring it back to OD+T, I think that their Glucksman gallery is commendable, but it opens the gates for a whole helluvalot more bad corporate Gehry impressions to come in the next few years. One thing I really liked about the gallery, which may have been unintentional on the part of the designers, is the sound emitted from the stone (limestone if I remember correctly) cladding on the walls of the main entry stairs as you tap them. It's like a stone xylophone, every gallery should have one for the kiddies.