First Look: 16 Henrietta Street, Dublin by Ryan W Kennihan Architects
Ryan W Kennihan Architects has revealed images of plans for the end of the historic Henrietta street in Dublin, filling in the “missing tooth” left by the demolition of one half of a four-bay Georgian house in the 1950s.
The result of an international competition, the scheme proposes to construct an open and flexible brick structure to contain a series of pipe-making workshops for Na Píobairí Uilleann, the association of Irish bagpipers located in the adjacent property. The project also proposes a small theatre to the mews for the performance of Irish music.
The building is designed to appear as if it has always been there, aiming to appeal to the fundaments of the context, rather than the formal characteristics of neighbouring buildings. Its thick brick fin walls act as a buttress to the visual mass of the rest of the block, forming a powerful and expressive end to the terrace, while referencing a Sullivanesque extension at the opposite end of the block.
Each floor is completely open-plan, spanned by a robust structure of brick vaults. To the Henrietta Street side, the project proposes to rebuild the complete facade of the original house to reinstate the streetscape, but in a way that is suggestive of the evolution of the site through the use of blind brick windows — a common practice in Georgian buildings used for turning corners and completing symmetries.
The €3 million project is scheduled to start on site in 2013.