I am hugely impressed by the new library, in Dun Laoghaire which I saw during the Open House weekend in October organized by the Irish Architecture Foundation. It was especially exciting in that the tour was conducted by the architect in person. This building is of such magnitude that it must contain some element of the souls of those who planned and charted its course to completion. I am immensely proud of those who brought this incredible facility to Dun Laoghaire. For me it represents a reaching out to the future and an expression of optimism which is lifeblood of people who are open to, as Benjamin Zander would say 'The Art of Possibility'.
This is why buildings are such an important part of who we are. They reflect our spirit and adventure and indeed our outlook. It opens up huge possibilities for people of all ages to experience ideas in a new and original and exciting environment and with a huge accent on delivery via digital technologies. The expanse of the building and its surrounding space with the reflective pools communicate this very well.
In recent times it was a delight to see the work of Calatrava (Samuel Beckett Bridge) and Liebskind (Bord Gais Energy Theatre) brought to our shores - both of which are wonderful ambitious and exciting designs. Now I am thrilled to see the DLR Lexicon brought to us by home based architects Carr Cotter & Naessens which is an incredible achievement given that the competition for the winning design was conducted internationally.
I look forward to bringing you some more images of the building as the finishing touches are being applied prior to opening.
Meantime I will refer you to an excellent article by Frank McDonald in the Irish Times, very recently. http://www.irishtimes.com/news/environment/librarian-hopes-new-dún-laoghaire-library-will-wow-public-1.1865186 with accompanying images.