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Life should be abundant, enjoyable and beautiful

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posted on 2011-10-10, 22:20 authored by Diarmuid Ó Súilleabháin
My thesis began with an interest in large forms in the landscape and how they might be designed sustainably. These artifices are gigantic pieces of infrastructure that are generally have short lives and have little if any architectural consideration. What might these space look like if they and their afterlives we designed to be enriching places. As the future function of a building is not predictable, the buildings form and forms ability to make a place took on a more important role within the work of this thesis. Investigations included formal studies in order to create an architectural language and speculative impositions of large forms upon the landscape (See Figure 0). The proposed Liquid Natural Gas storage and distribution facility in Ballylongford, County Kerry (due to begin construction in the next year) is to be the latest giant in the Shannon Estuary, again designed with no afterlife and devoid of architecture, I chose this as my site to test my ideas. The product of this investigation is a L.N.G. storage facility, designed as an enriching place that will transcend its original function in time. Rather than being a closed off area, sculpted ground and paths connect the site to its immediate environment and the global scale milieu with which the River Shannon is engaged with.

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