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RIAI Gold Medal Winner 1995-1997

  • The Library and IT Building, CIT
  • Architect:
    de Blacam & Meagher
  • Award Year: 1995-1997
  • Location: Cork
The Library and IT Building, CIT


This building was designed by de Blacam & Meagher in association with Boyd Barratt, Murphy O'Connor.

The extension comprises two building phases, the Library wing, completed in 1994 and the Information Technology wing completed in 1997. The jury was impressed by the powerful architectural expression of the completed facility, its dramatic fusion of spatial and structural form and the rational organisation of its planning concept.

The architectural language employed in the new building is highly impressive with an imaginative use of detail and subtle references to local masonry traditions. Although some finishes used in the early constructional phase appeared to have suffered from hard use, the jury felt that the architects had achieved remarkable results within the constraints of a tight Department of Education building budget.

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