Open architectural competition inspired by WB Yeats’ Poem “The Lake Isle of Innisfree”
An International Architectural Competition open to regional, national and international practitioners of architecture and art, proposes a poetic intervention for the island of Innisfree which will mediate between Yeats’ poetic vision and contemporary architectural ideas.
I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made;
Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honeybee,
And live alone in the bee-loud glade.
And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow,
Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings;
There midnight’s all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow,
And evening full of the linnet’s wings.
I will arise and go now, for always night and day
I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;
While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey,
I hear it in the deep heart’s core.
The competition is for the design of a temporary architectural intervention for the island of Innisfree which will mediate between Yeats’ poetic vision and contemporary architectural ideas. It presents a unique opportunity to design and build in a highly sensitive and protected location, beyond the constraints imposed by a permanent building. It is envisaged that the competition will attract innovative and challenging architectural and sculptural proposals from national and international architects, artists and collaborators. It should also demonstrate the potential of architecture to enhance the experience of an area of outstanding natural beauty.
Entrants will have the opportunity to be part of Yeats 2015, a worldwide event with a considerable legacy. This competition will be a significant cultural moment which will contribute further to dialogue on the role of architecture and creativity, with the potential for experimental and time-based interventions. This is also a unique opportunity for place making in an environmentally sensitive context. The temporary status of the intervention is a crucial consideration as it is envisaged that the harmony of the island remains uninterrupted.
The winning design will be constructed on the island for 13th June 2015, as a realisation of Yeats’ vision – a gift on his 150th birthday.
Full details http://www.yeats2015-architecture-competition.com/