Work starts on Keith Williams’ cultural hub in west Ireland

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Construction has started on a new cultural centre in Ennis, County Clare, Republic of Ireland, designed by Keith Williams Architects 

The London-based practice won the go-ahead in early 2018 for the Clare County Council Library project, a 2,300m² scheme for the local authority which will adjoin the town’s existing 2001-built Glór Theatre.

Due to complete next summer, the development will add a new county library, offices for the administration of county-wide library services, and a small contemporary art gallery.

A sinuous, 10m-high masonry wall will provide the outer skin to the library and art gallery, creating a new civic frontage.

Rooflights and sidelight glazed slots will bring daylight into the heart of the plan, according to the practice, and ‘incident windows’ will connect the interior with the exterior.

Keith Williams, the firm’s founder and director of design, said: ’This is a very important moment in the genesis of this project. By placing the new County Library and Art Gallery immediately abutting Glór [designed by Gilroy McMahon Architects], a new cultural nexus will be created uniting the three primary colours of the arts – the visual, the literary and performing arts – all in a single complex.

He added: ’I am very proud of the designs that we have created and I am confident that over the course of the next two years, a beautiful new public building will arise on this site offering outstanding library facilities to the people of Ennis and the region.’


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