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    • #710077
      reddy
      Participant

      Just saw this site in the thread about the new courts building on Parkgate Street.

      http://www.mcculloughmulvin.com/index.html

      Really good redesign of their site.

      Given the historically terrible state of Irish architects’ websites, which do people think are the best and the worst?

    • #802383
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      …yeah I posted that- it’s clean but hardly original……I hope David Chipperfield doesn’t get wind of it because it’s a carbon copy! http://www.davidchipperfield.co.uk/

      I keep an eye on the list of notable Irish architects on the Irish Architecture wiki article … here’s the list…if anyone can add more then that would be cool…..

      CAST architecture http://www.castarchitecture.ie/
      Mc Cullough Mulvin http://www.mcculloughmulvin.com/
      O’Donnell and Tuomey http://www.odonnell-tuomey.ie/
      Heneghan Peng http://www.hparc.com/
      Grafton http://www.graftonarchitects.ie/
      Boyd Cody http://www.boydcodyarch.com/
      Hassett Ducatez [url]http:///[/url]
      Scott Tallon Walker http://www.stw.ie/
      FKL http://www.fklarchitects.com/
      Tarla MacGabhann http://www.macgabhannarchitects.ie/
      Mc Garry Ní Éanaigh http://www.mcgnie.ie/
      Hackett and Hall http://www.hackett-hall.com/
      Buchholz Mc Evoy http://www.bmcea.com/
      de Blacam & Meagher http://www.deblacamandmeagher.com/
      Niall McLaughlin http://www.niallmclaughlin.com/
      Henchion & Reuter http://www.henchion-reuter.com/
      Murray Ó Laoire http://www.murrayolaoire.com/
      LID Architecture http://www.lid-architecture.net/
      Dominic Stevens http://www.mimoa.eu/projects/Ireland/Dromahair/Mimetic%2520House/
      Gilroy McMahon http://www.gilroymcmahon.com/nonflash/profile.html/
      ODOS http://www.odosarchitects.com/odos/odosarchitects.html

      With the risk of being lambasted which usually happens to anyone who makes any criticism of archiseek/archeire , I find that the site used to have a lot more style, personally i think it’s become a bit sloppy……in fairness the logo for archiseek is really bad http://ireland.archiseek.com/ (ok I’m now going to adopt the brace position) (ps I like archiseek!)

    • #802384
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Cheers Starch. Thats a good list. A couple there I hadn’t seen before. It still strikes me as ridiculous that many architects still don’t have websites. Its the most basic marketing tool these days. So many of those listed below are still such poor sites. Although architects worldwide are prone to too much flash and not enough usability.

      The Mcullough Mulvin/ Chipperfield rip off is so blatant!! Well spotted. Its a good format I suppose…

      Anyway I’ll keep adding to the list..

      CAST architecture http://www.castarchitecture.ie/
      Mc Cullough Mulvin http://www.mcculloughmulvin.com/
      O’Donnell and Tuomey http://www.odonnell-tuomey.ie/
      Heneghan Peng http://www.hparc.com/
      Grafton http://www.graftonarchitects.ie/
      Boyd Cody http://www.boydcodyarch.com/
      Hassett Ducatez [url]http:///[/url]
      Scott Tallon Walker http://www.stw.ie/
      FKL http://www.fklarchitects.com/
      Tarla MacGabhann http://www.macgabhannarchitects.ie/
      Mc Garry Ní Éanaigh http://www.mcgnie.ie/
      Hackett and Hall http://www.hackett-hall.com/
      Buchholz Mc Evoy http://www.bmcea.com/
      de Blacam & Meagher http://www.deblacamandmeagher.com/
      Niall McLaughlin http://www.niallmclaughlin.com/
      Henchion & Reuter http://www.henchion-reuter.com/
      Murray Ó Laoire http://www.murrayolaoire.com/
      LID Architecture http://www.lid-architecture.net/
      Dominic Stevens http://www.mimoa.eu/projects/Ireland…tic%2520House/
      Gilroy McMahon http://www.gilroymcmahon.com/nonflash/profile.html/
      ODOS http://www.odosarchitects.com/odos/odosarchitects.html
      Box Architecture http://www.box.ie/
      Paul Keogh Architects http://www.pka.ie
      Shay Cleary Architects http://www.sca.ie/
      Lotus Architects http://www.lotusarchitects.com/
      4 architecture http://www.4architecture.ie/
      Boyer Kennihan http://www.rwka.com/
      A2 Architects http://www.a2.ie

    • #802385
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      I happen to like Mc Cullough Mulvin’s website, its certainly a lot better than their last one in terms of easy navigation and being able to view each project more clearly ad easily. Its good to be able to see what’s ongoing or currently in design. Sure it looks similar to Chipperfield’s site, but most architectural sites are designed in a similar manner either: time-lined, or with Current, Ongoing, News as the menu options – look at Niall Mc Laughlin’s website for similarities too! The white background is just a clean, refreshing change to the darker tones used, for example, in Boyd Cody’s website. That in combination with black and white cardboard model shots makes for a very un-inspiring website altogether.

    • #802386
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      HERES A FEW MORE.

      hkr architects http://www.hkr.com
      omp architects http://www.omp.ie
      abk archtects http://www.abk.co.uk
      burke kennedy doyle http://www.bkd.ie
      gerry cathill architects http://www.gca.ie
      hmg architects http://www.hmg.ie
      kmd architecture http://www.kmd.ie
      hjlyons architects http://www.hjlyons.com
      lafferty design http://www.laffertydesign.com
      james toomey architects http://www.jta.ie
      john spain associates http://www.johnspainassociates.com
      mdo architects http://www.mdo.ie
      modelworks http://www.modelworks.ie
      project architects http://www.projarch.com
      naus group http://www.thenausgroup.com
      tranoy o toole http://www.totarch.ie
      wejchert http://www.wejchert.ie
      oms architects http://www.oms.ie
      obk architects http://www.obk.ie
      anthony reddy http://www.anthonyreddy.com

      oms have an interesting project on the naas road. more high rise?? looks good 😀

    • #802387
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Just stumbled across this…

      http://architecturenow.ie

      Never knew this had started up.

      Also This article from the Sunday Business Post.

      http://archives.tcm.ie/businesspost/2003/04/06/story489941796.asp#

    • #802388
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      New Resource created by the RIBA:

      http://www.ribapedia.com

      Good to see the RIBA embracing the web and all its possibilities.

      Archiseek gets a mention too!!

    • #802389
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      couple more

      * architecture53seven http://www.architecture53seven.com/
      * Aughey O’Flaherty http://www.aof.ie/
      * DTA http://www.dta.ie/

      by the way has anyone been at this http://www.easa008.ie/ …looks great

    • #802390
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      FIND INTERESTING WEBSITE, DEVELOPMENT COMPANY WORKING ON MAJOR PROJECTS IN DUBLIN. NORTHSIDE,U2 TOWER,GRANGEGORMAN AND UCD GATEWAY. http://www.urbancapital.ie

    • #802391
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      http://www.richardmurphyarchitects.com/

      Not quite an Irish architects website, but still, this is a very good website

    • #802392
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      ……not quite a a website either 😉

    • #802393
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Boy, I’m really stumped as to who started that website….

    • #802394
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      I tried to start a vaguely related thread a while ago but it didn’t achieve any sort of traction.

      It explains why I rarely or never visit architects websites. Sometimes the information is buried there but often it isn’t because the site is designed in such a way that makes keeping it up-to-date is difficult and expensive. Navigation for users/visitors is generally vile so it normally requires an enormous amount of f*cking about to even establish that the information isn’t there. I read archiseek instead 😀

      My point in the original thread was that nearly all architects’ websites were rubbish. They completely disregard the fundamental principles of the medium.

      The poor users/visitors are ignored for the sake of what is ignorantly imagined to be impressive appearance/graphics.

      It’s very simple. People visit commercial websites to find information on: background on the firm, how to make contact and projects completed or underway by the company (or products or services depending on the nature of the business). The information must be current. In addition the medium itself has a few properties which must be respected; if you don’t make it simple to reach, link to and bookmark individual parts of your site, again you are f*cking your users and visitors.

      Anything which gets in the way of facilitating access to this information is retarded. This includes forcing users to watch cheesy f*cking montages or click on “skip intro” links or attempt to learn a purpose designed Flash menu system which makes linking impossible.

      All studies have shown that flash based websites, intros, wierd menu systems and non-standard structure are killers for visitor numbers. Yet through ignorance or egotism, architecture houses seem to commision websites which disregard these fundamentals of the medium over and over again. This is why I doubt I would ever bother trying any of the links listed above even though I am generally happy to waste time looking as stuff on the web. I also suspect the fact that it is only in the latter part of 2008 that such a thread attempting to collect URLs for architects’ websites is started reflects the singular lack of utility offered by architects’ websites in general.

    • #802395
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      So… do you like the McCulloughMulvin/Chipperfield/DTA website format or not?

      See, what you mean about the flash stuff, the architecture53seven site is a bit of a head wrecker.

    • #802396
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      @Starch wrote:

      ……not quite a a website either 😉

      yeah its funny they don’t have a phone number or address…
      someone better call 911 😉

    • #802397
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      @spoil_sport wrote:

      So… do you like the McCulloughMulvin/Chipperfield/DTA website format or not?

      See, what you mean about the flash stuff, the architecture53seven site is a bit of a head wrecker.

      No I don’t like it. It doesn’t break every rule but it breaks lots. Off the top of my head:

      Menu items on the bottom of the page? This is a terrible idea as it means the main tools for navigation are invisible for people if their browser window isn’t tall enough. Your eye has to travel down to the bottom of the page to see what your options are.

      It uses a fixed size so looks “off” if your browser window isn’t sized at 900×700 pixels. The web isn’t like the printed medium; people’s computers (and PDAs, mobile phones, etc.) have different screens with different capabilities and even then people should have the freedom to resize their browser (within limits) and still be able to use the site.

      The terms and labeling are not intuitive which breaks another rule; you do not force the user to click on a link to find out what it represents. “Practice” is not an intuitive or well known way to group pages called “About Us”, “Publications”, “Credits” and “Awards”. Everyone knows what information these four links are likely to retrieve but “Practice”? Why not just have direct links to them on the first page – there’s plenty of room. And please, “Topology”, wtf? I’m showing my ignorance here, but what proportion of your prospective users are going to know where a link called “Topology” is going to bring them?

      At least the worst feature is well disguised: initially I was simply irritated by the f*cking montage that takes up three quarters of the main page. Thus telling the user – WE’VE decided what you should look at instead of providing you with the tools to find what information YOU want to access. The images are useless as they are unadorned with any other useful information; at least attaching the location of the buildings would have endowed the effort with some utility. Did it ever stike the designers that visitors may have arrived in order to FIND OUT what some of their work looks like? That it is likely that the visitors WILL NOT be able to identify the project they are interested in from an image alone?

      However by accident I discovered that if you click on this image at the right time, you are brought to a page on the project. Even when you KNOW that the montage has this feature (I don’t know of any mass market website which provides a navigation tool like this), it is f*cking irritating in the extreme because you have to WAIT for the project you are interested in; again this tells the visitor that their time is irrelevent and WE will give you the opportunity to access the information you are looking WHEN WE FEEL LIKE IT.

      This is the first page only. I’d like to be charitable but no, it sucks alright – like nearly all of the others.

      The problem with web site design is that expertise is not appreciated and every idiot feels that they can do it. I was in the business years ago for a short while as a side line but couldn’t compete with graphic design monkeys and Flash “programmers” who never even heard that there was a field of study called computer-user interaction never mind read anything on the subject of user interface design. The problem is that the users themselves are often unaware and assume the difficulty in navigating a website is due to themselves rather than the designers. Moreover clients for web design generally feel that they had some insight into how a web site should be done and will often insist on implementing rubbish ideas.

      However even if the crappiness isn’t immediately evident, the visitor numbers will eventually tell you the truth but even then most people with websites will never properly analyse basic visitor stats such as the % who never bother going past the first page.

    • #802398
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      That just seems like nit picking to me. When have you ever wanted to look at architects websites on a PDA? and I don’t see what the big problem with resizing your browser window is?

      “WE’VE decided what you should look at instead of providing you with the tools to find what information YOU want to access…. visitors may have arrived in order to FIND OUT what some of their work looks like?”

      Is that not what the montage does? Is it not the aim of a commercially orientated website to put the best foot forward? And does it not seem more logical to present the images on the main page rather than a page of text.

      “The images are useless as they are unadorned with any other useful information”

      Yeah, but if you want to find out more just click on the image, it’s a well established precident on the internet.

      “Why not just have direct links to them on the first page – there’s plenty of room”

      But then the first page gets cluttered, and people end up reading through lists, and while I agree some of the descriptions: “practice” etc are not always clear, people are not stupid, a simple process of elimination should solve most questions, and surely its not that hard a task to click through 3 options.

      And as for “visitor numbers”, architects websites are hardly ever going to be as popular as the sports pages or boobes.com

    • #802399
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      It may sound like nit picking to you because you haven’t studied the field and because user interface design is a subtle art; for example, it is simply a mistake to put a handle on a door that can only be pushed open (even if you also add a plate with “push” above it), yet I’ve seen this in many buildings. The correct way, is to have a push plate and users don’t even have to think about how to do what they want to do (i.e. get through the door). Making the “user” have to read a sign that says “push” even if they aren’t conscious of having to do it is a design mistake; it’s been studied, books have been writen, etc. etc.

      Same with web design; key menu items on the top or left of the page, use standard menu expressions for navigation or if forced to use non-standard terms then make them completely self-explanatory, then never rely on pure images for navigation, don’t use fixed size (in terms of pixels) layouts, allow the user to drive the navigation (i.e. no “timed” links), don’t assume the visitor knows what you know (e.g. what the school you built in ranelagh looks like) and most importantly think about what the user is likely to want to achieve and facilitate that (driven by “use case” analysis). Again, this has been studied, written about in books, etc.

      And you either deliberately ignore my point about visitor stats or misunderstand it; it’s not about absolute numbers; if a significant amount of visitors never bother progressing past the first (or a subsequent) page, then the design is seriously flawed. If less than 100% of visitors to an architecture website don’t view details on more than a couple of the projects, then I imagine your site design has failed. The problem with user interface design mistakes is that they are generally not catastrophic but if you are interested, their effects are measurable. But generally people don’t bother because they don’t really care about users.

    • #802400
      Paul Clerkin
      Keymaster
      celtcia wrote:
      Not quite an architects website

      I’m not missarchi or shamrockmetro really

    • #802401
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      I still figure that it’s more important that it looks good. Examples of good wesites then? Architecture or otherwise?

    • #802402
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Sorry jimg, never noticed your previous thread before starting this one.

      Totally agree about the lack of usability on architects websites. Its really puzzling. In my mind though it coincides with the shoddy way many practices are run. Its almost like they’re running an artists studio and are unconcerned with the business side of architecture. So marketing, client communication, accurate timekeeping and filing and many other aspects which business in other industries take for granted get left behind. Good architecture and good business are absolutely not mutually exclusive so i never understand it.

      And in times like these (I won’t mention the R word), these shoddy business practices come back to bite firms in the ass.

      The firm I work for has an all Flash website and while its possibly more user friendly than most and designed by really good web designers, it is low on information and image heavy. I’m in charge of updating and while its relatively easy, its very time consuming so not done often enough. The principals in the firm have always viewed it as a way to attract new staff rather than new customers so they seem fairly unconcerned about it. I think this is a major underestimation of the power of a website to generate new work. After all if you or I are looking for a service, the first place you’ll look is very probably the internet.

      As for Mcullough Mulvin’s site, I think its a serious improvement on their previous effort. While the navigation problems you listed above all apply I think its at least a slightly calmer version than the vast majority of other architects sites.

    • #802403
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      http://www.thelivesofspaces.com/exhibition.html

      pretty good website for the irish pavillion at this years venice biennale

    • #802404
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      it is a good website but if you have slow internet like me it stutters …

      the leprechauns got there first;)

      I’ll wait n watch the movie

    • #802405
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      New facelift for the AAI website. Looks more functional than before.

      http://www.architecturalassociation.ie/

      and Irish Architecture Foundation is launching an new look website tomorrow (Friday 22nd Jan) morning

      http://www.architecturefoundation.ie

    • #802406
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      http://www.architecturefoundation.ie/

      I don’t know what was done with the timer but its negative now!!!
      we will be waiting an eternity!!!!

    • #802407
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      @missarchi wrote:

      http://www.architecturefoundation.ie/

      Its up now. Looks good. A lot more information than previous and a nice layout.

    • #802408
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      It is up and running now.

      Edit. Apolgies Reddy. I didn’t see your response. My browser must not have updated itself or something. Anyway, agreed, lots more information there now.

    • #802409
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      de back of them have updated there website…

    • #802410
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      DW squared are back and feeling pink!!!

      http://www.dw-squared.com

    • #802411
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Hey, Baby — can I see your website ?:)

    • #802412
      Anonymous
      Inactive
    • #802413
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Not speaking french I used a translation website to decipher the first few lines of Missarchi’s blog.

      Pas d’inspiration pour un titre !!!

      Après une longue absence marquée par un état de nonchalance totale, une grande flemme et un « je n’en ai pas envie » assez récurrent qui s’est traduit sur les pages de ce blog, je fais bouger la souris, ma souris, pas en faisant un petit clic timide mais en la secouant trop fort ! Aussi fort qu’il le faut pour me faire sortir de ce mode veille qui a pris beaucoup de temps… du temps perdu !

      Translates as;

      No inspiration for a title!!!

      After a long absence marked by a state of total nonchalance, a big flemme and an “I not some have envies” rather recurrent that translated itself on the pages of this blog, I let the mouse budge, my mouse, not while doing a small shy click but while shaking it too strong! As strong as it is necessary for it to let me this method go out of watches that took a lot of times… lost time!

      Perfect translation.

    • #802414
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Hi Folks

      We’re currently in the process of updating/revising our own site, if anyone has any constructive crits, let me have then please.
      its at http://www.studioplustwo.com

      thanks in advance

    • #802415
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      A bit dark.
      You’ve sacrificed a lot of clarity for a distinctive website style.
      Photos take up only a small fraction of the screen, plans can’t be read.
      Show your projects a bit clearer and better.

    • #802416
      Paul Clerkin
      Keymaster

      biting my tongue – why do architects websites all have to have fiddly do-daa navigation and intro screens?

    • #802417
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      And give Eileen Gray back her table…

    • #802418
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Hmm, a bit too much hey-look-what-I-can-do-with-flash and not enough clarity and actual information. The McCullough Mulvin site at the start of this thread, and the Chipperfield site on which it is based are probably the most usable architecture websites I’ve come across. Like Paul, I absolutely don’t see the need for an intro sequence.

    • #802419
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      What the heck is the “U2 landmark tower” I see there?

    • #802420
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Many thanks all
      Perhaps we did let the guy who wrote the flash stuff have a bit too much fun…the way it hangs together was on our instructions though….
      i’m not sure I like architects sites which are full of full-screen photos either, but i accept that ours may be too far the opposite,
      I dont think the intro takes up too much time personally, but don’t feel the need to bite your tongues!

      The U2 tower project was the competition entry for that docklands competition btw

      thanks again

    • #802421
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      It’s distinctive, semi-detached, but the whole hellish theme jarrs with what most people’s concept of what architecture is about.

      Some of the drop-down menus are decent, but the text of the Projects menu is at least one point too small. The People text is insanely small. The caps-devoid lump of About Us text is remarkably annoying. I took one look and, like everyone else, thought ‘too much effort’.

      Fancypants sites also require a ‘back’ button rather than a ‘home’ button. People avoid home buttons like the plague when the potential exists to land one back into the nightmare of an intro and general headwreckingness.

      The map is nice.

    • #802422
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Actually, sorry, but that is really one of the most annoying websites I have ever come across.

    • #802423
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      I’m nominating this as my choice for worst architecture website ever (they gave an AAI lecture last year) when flash goes too far!

      http://www.ensamble.info/

      Followed closely by

      http://www.big.dk/big.html

    • #802424
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      @PTB wrote:

      Not speaking french I used a translation website to decipher the first few lines of Missarchi’s blog. …………………………

      Perfect translation.

      Actually as auto-translators go, it is quite good!
      K

    • #802425
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      This lad

      http://www.vsba.com/

      isn’t Irish but I like the simple arrayed layout of his site.
      Clicking on a building of interest opens a new page of big photos that take you into it.

    • #802426
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      @spoil_sport wrote:

      http://www.ensamble.info/

      Feeling physically sick after surfing that site…

    • #802427
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      An amazing number of long established practices do not yet have any website.
      This despite a website being often the handiest means by which people might evaluate an architect.
      Is this due to outrageous charges by web designers ?
      Or is it part of a “won’t you come into my parlour, says the spider to the fly” strategy — i.e. get Murphy into your office and charm the topcoat off him . . . .

    • #802428
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      I did a quick course on web design after finishing studying architecture and cant for the life of me understand why architects show such little regard for their own websites. They either have one that looks crap and is rarely (if ever) updated or else they have a lovely looking one that only architects could be arsed trying to navigate. Speaking as someone who gets a regular(ish) income from clients who find our company through the web, its simple;

      1. Dont over fetishize your built projects with boring (to non-architects) exhaustive archives

      and

      2. Try to explain what is you do and why they should pay money for it.

    • #802429
      Paul Clerkin
      Keymaster

      agreed bitasean – most of them dont get it

    • #802430
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      http://www.riai.ie/

      seems very archiseek 2iwsh

    • #802431
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      another new website….

      http://www.sca.ie/

    • #802432
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      I’m not sure if this has been said here before but

      http://www.jdsarchitects.com/

      OH GOOD LORD MY EYES! I FEEL SO NAUSEATED AS TO BE PHYSICALLY SICK! THE HORROR! THE HORROR!

    • #802433
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      @PTB wrote:

      I’m not sure if this has been said here before but

      http://www.jdsarchitects.com/

      OH GOOD LORD MY EYES! I FEEL SO NAUSEATED AS TO BE PHYSICALLY SICK! THE HORROR! THE HORROR!

      That truly is awful. . my head was spinning after just a minute of viewing it.:eek:
      Here’s an Irish ‘JD’ architectural website that provides an impressive design service. .right down to packaging & menus & even web design.
      http://www.jddg.ie/portfolio/graphic_design/digital_web_design/jddg_website/

    • #802434
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      I prefer the jdsarchitects site
      :rolleyes:

      @apelles wrote:

      That truly is awful. . my head was spinning after just a minute of viewing it.:eek:
      Here’s an Irish ‘JD’ architectural website that provides an impressive design service. .right down to packaging & menus & even web design.
      http://www.jddg.ie/portfolio/graphic_design/digital_web_design/jddg_website/

    • #802435
      Anonymous
      Inactive
    • #802436
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      they have had it redesigned a few times in the last few years…
      White on white mirage?
      It looks very international now…

      It seems architects in Ireland are using the foreground middle ground and background now

    • #802437
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      @PTB wrote:

      I’m not sure if this has been said here before but

      http://www.jdsarchitects.com/

      OH GOOD LORD MY EYES! I FEEL SO NAUSEATED AS TO BE PHYSICALLY SICK! THE HORROR! THE HORROR!

      Um, yaas.

      Well, I persevered and I have to say some of the images were worth the pain.

      Refreshing off the wall design – a million times better than the square boxes we’re blighted with here at every turn.

      ONQ.

    • #802438
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      @paddy2005 wrote:

      http://www.stwarchitects.com – New ?.

      I never knew STW was responsible for Montrose House on Adelaide Road. Flippin heck. It is nothing like anything the firm ever produced, never mind anything any firm would ever wish to acknowledge as having produced. To think it emerged in the same year as the Port and Docks Board Headquarters. An extraordinary disparity in standards.

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      Did you know John Graby designed Crofton House?

    • #802440
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      . . . . you’re just goin’ take these RIAI guys down one way or another 😉

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      New website for http://www.macgabhannarchitects.ie/ …This practice really confuses me- sometimes there are moments of real quality and content…other times I’m kind of aghast at the obvious application of style (from the Libeskind years), tack and disrespect for the sometimes flat, featureless and wild landscapes of Donegal. In a way I feel like I shouldn’t criticise because this is by far the best work being produced in the county…I just wish they were more consistent (maybe modest)

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      “In a way I feel like I shouldn’t criticise because this is by far the best work being produced in the county…”

      …………? Are you ready to stand over such a sweeping and unfounded statement?

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      Go for it!…what do you find disagreeable about it?…..It’s an opinion by the way; and if you look through their website I believe in my (humble opinion) that sometimes the quality is not good. I’m sorry but I believe this aptly titled house to be horrific… http://www.macgabhannarchitects.ie/residential/pig-house/

      I find the handful of houses in Donegal by http://www.donaghydimond.ie/projects.html reflect the nature of rural Donegal more appropriately than MacGabhann’s ……

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