West Cork Art Gallery/ West Cork
The internal planning of the gallery is mainly generated by the precinct analysis and orientation, as well as the historic context of the site.
The building defines an internal pedestrian street that connects with Townshend arcade. This pedestrian street runs between a retail component on the northern perimeter and a foyer, shop and coffee shop that define the southern perimeter.
The ground floor consists of an easily accessible reception, gallery and workspace, where all activity is visually exposed through large glazed areas. Natural light is enhanced by the use of horizontal slot windows and indirect reflections.
The same principle of visually exposing the activity within to the street below is used in the first floor artist studios and performance space. The second floor affords views across the city while simultaneously exposing its internal activity to the public below.
Date of completion: 2008