Site Specific - Irish Architecture Foundation

In this series of ten short documentaries, Dyehouse Films wonderfully reveal the personalities, processes, complexity, creativity and transformative impact that surround the act of designed space.

The protagonists: the architect, the historian and the user speak directly to us through the camera.

Site Specific crosses the city to show us building types from play parks, social housing and places of worship to a building not yet built.

Film 1. Poolbeg Chimneys
(05:54)
Love them or loathe them – a discussion on the iconic chimneys that dominate the Dublin skyline. With Shelley McNamara, Yvonne Farrell, Ellen Rowley, Niall McCullough. © Irish Architecture Foundation 2020

Film 2. St. Theresa’s Priory
(05:29)
Architect Niall McLaughlin talks us through his design of a sacred space – a room within a room – to serve a community of Discalced Carmelites who come together for prayer. © Irish Architecture Foundation 2020

Film 3. Dolphin House
(04:39)
An inspiring regeneration of apartments and the construction of new houses is undertaken in the state’s largest social housing complex by Dublin City Council Architect Stefan Lowe. © Irish Architecture Foundation 2020

Film 4. Loos Bar
(07:09)
Hidden away in Trinity College, we explore a replica of a legendary Viennese watering hole. Shane deBlacam, known as the godfather of Irish architecture, takes us through the story of how this came to be. © Irish Architecture Foundation 2020

Film 5. Ballyfermot Play Park
(04:51)
The Irish Architecture Foundation facilitated an innovative and collaborative People First Design Process and an international design competition – the result – a new place to play, to skate, to run and to BMX! © Irish Architecture Foundation 2020

Film 6. Chapel Royal
(06:04)
Dr Myles Campbell takes us on a virtual tour of the Chapel Royal, Dublin Castle and reveals the history of this gothic revival masterpiece. © Irish Architecture Foundation 2020

Film 7. Temple Bar
(06:45)
Frank McDonald, author and architectural critic, former Irish Times Environment Correspondent. As a long-time resident of Temple Bar, Frank shares his personal relationship with a quarter of the city famed for its history, culture and controversy. © Irish Architecture Foundation 2020

Film 8. Rosemount Court
(04:16)
A unique insight to the design philosophy of Rosemount court social housing by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Council with architects Andrew Devonport and Sarah Clifford. © Irish Architecture Foundation 2020

Film 9. Parnell Square
(06:35)
An ambitious redevelopment project is underway to transform Parnell Square into the cultural quarter of Dublin City with the provision of the new Dublin City Library by Pritzker Prize Architects Shelley McNamara and Yvonne Farrell. © Irish Architecture Foundation 2020

Film 10. Aerial Dublin
(06:23)
Looking down at the city from above, Architect Niall McCullough talks us through the complex building maze of geometric shapes and lines that make up the fabric of Dublin city. © Irish Architecture Foundation 2020