tún were awarded first prize in the Department of Education and Skills / RIAI international open 2-stage architectural competition to design a new model for urban primary schools and learning spaces in Ireland in the 21st Century. The design sought to create a series of interconnected spaces that supported informal learning and socialising opportunities and also to carefully integrate this large school into this very sensitive location. Following the competition tún were engaged by the Department of Education and Science to develop the design which is currently at planning stage.
Harcourt Terrace School
House in Sligo
This house is sited perpendicular to an existing quiet road in order to provide a private rear garden that benefits from the best sun during the day. The living spaces are arranged enfilade along this sunny garden side with picture windows in the rear gable framing views to the distinctive Bricklieve mountains beyond.
1916 Memorial Chapel Glasnevin
tún were awarded second place in the RIAI international open architectural competition for a new memorial chapel beside the 1916 monument in Glasnevin Cemetery. The building sought to create an intimate and restful space of contemplation and reflection and celebrated the very social nature of Irish funeral customs.
This project involved the renovation and extension of a terraced Edwardian house in Dublin 9. A slight angle in the kitchen extension increases the sun into the kitchen and creates a more generous dining space for the family to eat together. The family room is extended slightly by the provision of a deep window seat and new storage and toilet accommodation was provided in the depth of the plan.
West Cork House
This house builds on the tradition of simple farmhouses in rural west Cork. The house has a narrow plan to take advantage of the sun to the south of the house and the views towards Courtmacsherry Estuary to the north.
This house is built around a heavily planted courtyard. The courtyard is splayed to take advantage of the southwest sun and opens out towards views of the open landscape beyond.
tún were invited by the RHA to participate in the 175th Annual Exhibition. The piece, 'Immutable Objects' explores the economy of architectural form and typology and the collaborative nature of building. It was awarded the Arthur Gibney Award for Architectural Content in any medium.
Photography: Evan Buggle
Birch Tree House
This house is built around an enclosed entrance garden on a gently sloping site. The main living and kitchen spaces frame a view to the landscape to the south. tún worked closely with our clients to provide a house that could be built in phases to accommodate their growing family.
This project involved the renovation and remodelling of an end-of-terrace Edwardian house in Dublin 7. A small courtyard was created in the middle of the house and a system of folding panels and doors creates opportunities to obtain light, maintain privacy and to turn the study into a separate guest bedroom when required.
This project involved the renovation and extension detached family home in South Dublin. A new kitchen and living area was created with the provision of a new dining room and sun room which could be converted into a downstairs bedroom when required.
Ranks Silo tún proposal, 'Manmade Mountain', was shortlisted in the DoCoMoMo Idea's competition for Ranks Silo in Limerick. The proposal cut through the concrete structure to create a series of pools and hamams with a rooftop swimming pool giving views over the city. A small park was created along the dock with the intention of encouraging swimming there in the future.
St. Patrick's Visitor Centre, Ringbane, Co. Down. tún was asked to create a vision for a small visitors centre and landscape observatory on the shores of Strangford Lough at the site that St. Patrick is reputed to have first arrived in Ireland. A series of simple interventions highlight the features of the surrounding landscape and bring visitors to the points of interest on the site.
tún have a background in urban design and have been awarded joint second place in the Vatnsmýri, International Urban Competition, Reykjavík, Iceland, third place in Akureyri i Ondvegi, International Urban Ideas Competition, Iceland and were shortlisted in the International Urban Competition, for a new town centre in Klaksvík, Faroe Islands.