Turning the Page at the rIAI by Stephen Moylan


Turning the page was a reception held on 7 December 2018, at 8 Merrion Square, Dublin. The occasion celebrated the dedicated work of former Architecture Ireland editor, Sandra O’Connell, in addition to welcoming incoming editor, Michael K. Hayes. Past and Present contributors to the journal and members of the editorial board attended the evening. Content from Architecture Ireland, The RIAI Journal.

Gerry Murphy, Sandra O'Connell and our Managing Director, Liam Tuite, are pictured above at the event. Photo credit: Ste Murray.

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The editor’s cover image is a photo taken from Dr. Sarah A. Sheridan’s article on the origin’s of Peamount Sanatorium. “Visually defined by spotless pinafore aprons and white nursing caps, this over one-hundred-year old staff photograph is both visually distinct and familiar; hopefully attracting audiences to read further on the lives lived and spaces made within the architecture of health and well-being.” - Editor Michael K. Hayes

Photography Workshop with Fionn McCann by Stephen Moylan

Photographer, Fionn McCann, delivered a photography workshop to the office last Friday afternoon. The objective of the workshop was to encourage everyone to take more photos and to give greater consideration to content and composition. Fionn began the workshop by explaining how a camera works, discussing aperture and shutter speed. He went on to discuss composition, light, angle and juxtaposition.

Fionn took us through examples of his work and discussed the process of photographing a building from sunrise to sunset. It was insightful to hear he begins by photographing the building in context and then moves in tighter with his camera, eventually photographing details. This drew parallels with our own architectural design process.

We then carried out a fun practical exercise to reinforce the learning experience. This involved taking photos in our locality and critiqued the photos on our return. This was followed by a session of questions and answers and a prize for the best photo…well done Beth!

Hidden Gem Rehomed in Irish Architectural Archive by Stephen Moylan


Our clients, Ornua, gave us the task of refurbishing their current office in Grattan House on Lower Mount Street in Dublin. Completed in 1972, the Stephenson Gibney designed Grattan House was bound to be full of hidden gems. A whole suite of furniture including chairs, desks and cabinets were identified in the uppermost floor on the initial site visit.

Further research was conducted in the Irish Architectural Archive, who house the Stephenson Gibney Drawing Collection. We reviewed the original drawings of the office and unearthed joinery drawings of the chairs. Verifying that the chairs were designed by the original architects, they were restored.The armchairs were carefully restored and reupholstered in two different colours.

Once works were completed, the Irish Architectural Archives visited the site and agreed that the original suite of furniture was of architectural merit. Several unused pieces of furniture including some of the armchairs, coffee tables, CEO’s desk and a bespoke storage cabinet were re-homed for active use in the Architectural Archives.


Echelon Data Centre Clondalkin by Stephen Moylan


A massive congratulations is in order to Echelon Data Centres after their successful launch of two new data centres in Ireland. We are delighted to have been centrally involved in achieving planning permission for circa 44,000 sq. m Data Centre in Clondalkin, Dublin.

Phase 1 of construction has already commenced with first Active Operation projected for Q3 2020.

Full speed ahead from here!

Season’s Greetings! by Stephen Moylan

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all at Kavanagh Tuite Architects.

We are pleased to continue our support for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

Follow our simple steps to make a Christmas decoration! Enjoy!


MBCA Annual Dinner by Stephen Moylan

Kavanagh Tuite Architects were delighted to attend the annual Master Builders Association Dinner on Friday evening, along with Townlink Construction.

The Master Builders’ and Contractors’ Association is the representative Association for firms involved in main and general building contracting. The Association promotes, and represents members’ interests to Government Departments, public and private sector clients and the construction professionals.

Bake Off at KTA by Stephen Moylan


We’ve been busy over the past few months with a weekly office bake off. Standards were high week after week, with the winner from each week progressing to the grand final.

From cheesecakes to crumbles, brownies, cupcakes and everything in between we have been spoilt for choice every Monday morning!

Brian Kavanagh (1955 - 2018) by Stephen Moylan


It is with the greatest regret that we must announce the sudden death, while hill walking in Spain, of founding partner Brian Kavanagh.  Brian died as he lived, exuding positivity and energy, and doing something he loved. We, his colleagues, will mourn him and miss him. Kavanagh Tuite will continue on the road he set out, bringing the rigour and high standards he demanded to all we do.

May he rest in peace. RIP.ie

Open House Dublin 2018 by Stephen Moylan

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Join us at Open House Dublin, Ireland’s largest architecture festival, where we will be showcasing the Richmond Education and Event Centre.

The Old Richmond Hospital building was purchased by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) in 2013, and following an extensive refurbishment it reopened in April 2018.

As a protected structure, the building is an important landmark and has been wonderfully restored and re-imagined as a state-of-the-art education and event centre for the INMO's 40,000 members. The tour takes place on Sunday, October 14th, and takes in the ground floor, first floor and part of the basement.

With over 170 free tours and events, Open House Dublin can’t be missed. For one weekend buildings of architectural merit open their doors to the public, with architectural tours provided by expert guides. The festival takes place on October 12th-14th. To view the extensive programme on offer, visit: https://openhousedublin.com.


BLOG: Collaborating with artist Shane O’Driscoll by Stephen Moylan


Kavanagh Tuite Architects collaborated with artist Shane O’Driscoll to produce a series of 6 large scale screen prints for Ornua’s office refurbishment at Grattan House, Mount Street Lower, Dublin 2. We are currently refurbishing the building which was originally designed by Stephenson Gibney Architects in the 1970s.

Hi Shane, tell us a bit about yourself and your background in art.

I am a Cork born artist and a member of Cork Printmakers and Graphic Studio Dublin. After learning printmaking while in college I never stopped! I really enjoy the handmade element to it, as I spend my days in front of a computer screen working in graphic design and really enjoy my time in the print studio. I have always had an interest in art; my parents often took us to galleries when growing up and encouraged any creative pastimes.

After college I curated a series of art exhibitions throughout Ireland and in New York with a friend, while also still printmaking and exhibiting my own work globally. I have exhibited in the National Print Gallery and have a number of works in the OPW collection. Recently I was asked to design a window for Brown Thomas on Grafton Street, so it’s quite exciting seeing the variance in commissions that I get to do.

Why do you use screen printing as your main medium?

The bold graphic elements of the process always appealed to me. I think studying graphic design and poster art led me to screen printing, as that was a popular way of creating print multiples before digital print.

Talk us through the concept behind your work for this series?

When approaching this commission for Ornua, we had to get the best coverage of the space without it being too overbearing. My work has quite bright colours, but that’s balanced with white space, so finding a balance and harmony in the composition was key. Natalie and I decided to create a diptych and triptych that connected along the hallway, so there is a flow between the artworks that leads the eye along the space.

The scale was dictated by the walls and creating work this size was new for me, but an exciting challenge. I used my own palette with gold incorporated as a reference to Ornua, which is Irish for “New Gold”. Each colour is hand printed individually and the larger colour blocks are created from two stencils.

Aligning shapes needed to be fast, as the ink starts drying the second its applied to the stencil. An even pressure has to be applied when putting the ink down and it’s quite a physical process at this size. Even lifting 6x3ft pieces of paper carefully was testing.

This is your first time working in collaboration with an architect. How did you find this experience?

Usually I can be looser in my approach and compositions can be altered during the process on the print table, but this needed more planning and sign-off before commencing the work. This meant quite a few artwork versions were created before sign-off.

It was fun to see Natalie’s vision for my work in the space and how it would transform the office. All the considered elements already in the building had to align with what I was making. Overall it was a really enjoyable project and everybody involved was a pleasure to work with.

Lastly, who are your artistic inspirations?

I’m a big fan of American artists Thomas Campbell and Cody Hudson, they really enjoy creating their artwork and it comes through in the art. I really admire Irish artists Patrick Scott and Richard Gorman for their dedication and attitude to their work. Musically, Nick Cave and Beck inspire me, as their art form is an extension of them as unique individuals, which is a rare thing.

See https://www.mrshaneodriscoll.com/ for more information on Shane and his work

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UCD Future Campus Winners by Stephen Moylan


University College Dublin (UCD) and Malcolm Reading Consultants (MRC) announced today, 7 August 2018, that the team led by Steven Holl Architects (US) with Kavanagh Tuite Architects, Brightspot Strategy, Arup, HarrisonStevens and Transsolar has won the Future Campus – University College Dublin International Design Competition.

The international jury – included Sir David Adjaye, Principal, Adjaye Associates; Ann Beha, Principal, Ann Beha Architects and Member, Harvard University Design Advisory Panel; Urban Planner Joe Berridge, Partner, Urban Strategies, Inc.; Dermot Desmond, Chairman, International Investment & Underwriting; Sean Mulryan, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Ballymore and Dr Paul Thompson, Vice-Chancellor, Royal College of Art, London amongst other distinguished figures.

The jury was hugely impressed by the team’s design proposal for a Centre for Creative Design and Entrance Precinct Masterplan vision for a site of c.24 ha area within the Belfield Campus and praised the SHA team for their exhilarating Centre for Creative Design and a masterplan that features seven new quadrangles designed around historic features and woodland.

Steven Holl, Founder, Steven Holl Architects, said:

“We are very honored to win. It’s a very important and inspiring project for Steven Holl Architects and we look forward to working with UCD”.

“Our masterplan and the new UCD Centre for Creative Design are not just iconic objects − they reflect on the history and quality of UCD’s campus, responding to the particulars of the site to create place and space.”

The jury praised all the finalists for their hard work and commitment and awarded a special commendation to the team led by John Ronan Architects for “a masterplan of great clarity that was beautifully thought through and a Centre for Creative Design that had gravitas and a gentle, rational strength”.

The four other finalists comprised, Diller Scofidio + Renfro (US), O’Donnell + Tuomey (Ireland), Studio Libeskind (US) and UNStudio (Netherlands). The original shortlist was expanded from the expected five to six in recognition of the outstanding response from the international design community.

See also www.malcolmreading.com

we are hiring!! by Stephen Moylan


Kavanagh Tuite Architects are currently seeking architectural professionals at various levels of experience to join the practice across a variety of projects.

The successful applicants will have strong design and technical experience in addition to excellent communications skills, with the ability to help manage projects through all stages.

This is a busy, energetic and supportive practice, suited to motivated and attentive professionals. A strong interest in all aspects of the construction industry would be expected.

Kavanagh Tuite proactively encourage Continuous Professional Development (CPD), including skills training and mentoring for all staff.

Please send your CV including samples of work, in confidence, to: mail@kavanaghtuite.ie (please quote ref: KTA Position 08_2018 in subject line).

Concept Designs for University College Dublin's Future Campus have been published by Brian Kavanagh


University College Dublin’s Future Campus project focuses on enlivening and enhancing the University’s extensive campus, creating a highly-visible and welcoming entrance precinct, as well as a charismatic new architectural addition, the Centre for Creative Design.

Ninety-eight teams from 28 countries entered the first stage of the competition, and a shortlist of six teams was selected by an international jury.

The six shortlisted teams, including Steven Holl Architects with Kavanagh Tuite Architects, Brightspot Strategy, Arup, Harrisson Stevens and Transolar were asked to prepare urban design visions for the Entrance Precinct Masterplan as well as concept designs for the Centre for Creative Design

The Masterplan draws on the best campus precedents and shapes them for UCD’s beautiful landscape, and for flexible building use.  Placemaking ideas focus on creating a sense of arrival, forming new Quads and Districts with clear circulation and connectivity between them.

Seven Quadrangles of open, green space are shaped by linear buildings optimized for daylight and linked by defined circulation routes.  Campus porosity and social space are created through multiple portals that allow free movement between Quadrangles and amenity areas, which are located throughout for gathering. Forums centre each building and permit flexibility in organizing wet research, dry research, and teaching spaces in any combination desired in the future.

The impressive historic features and woodlands of the Campus are recognised in the masterplan and have shaped the Quadrangles to provide heightened presence to these existing features.

Further information, including the shortlisted projects, is available on Malcolm Reading Consultants.

New Associate at Kavanagh Tuite by Stephen Moylan


Kavanagh Tuite are delighted to announce that Beth Gribben has become an Associate of the Practice. 


Beth joined Kavanagh Tuite in 2013 and has been involved on several key projects, including Pallas Foods Dublin Distribution Centre, multiple projects for An Post and a number of large Data Centre Projects in Dublin.

Beth has recently completed a Level 9 Post Graduate Certificate in  'Professional Energy Skills in nZEB', focusing on retrofit of existing buildings towards near zero energy building performance;   this June Beth has also completed a Fire Safety Practice (Post Graduate Diploma) in Trinity College Dublin. 

Irish Building Magazine by Stephen Moylan

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We are delighted to feature in Issue 2 of the Irish building magazine 2018.

We worked alongside Arup with Flynn Management & Contractors on the South Gates Facility at Dublin Airport, which opened in December 2017. The gates were constructed on a live airport campus where we faced challenges of security and safety, adding to the complexity of the project.

Our work on the Old Richmond Hospital also featured, having worked alongside Townlink Construction. The project was shortlisted for the Conservation/Heritage Category in this year’s Irish Construction Excellence Awards. The hospital building has been transformed to a state of the art education and event centre for the members of the INMO.

BLOG: data centre design by Stephen Moylan

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Kavanagh Tuite is at the forefront of the design of data centres in Ireland.

The extraordinary growth in online usage over the past two decades has had many effects on both our personal and professional lives.

The world of online data is ubiquitous if not always visible, and that data needs stored, processed and distributed. It is no surprise, then, that data centres have appeared en masse to help channel this enormous power source. They are the physical embodiment of “the cloud”.

  • Kavanagh Tuite are one of a very small number of Irish architects with in excess of 100,000 sq.m of completed datacentre space.
  • We are proven team players in the delivery of complex buildings with rigorous requirements on rapid delivery.
  • Our projects vary in size up to 25,000sq.m, a typical Datacentre being c.15,000 sq.m.
  • Our projects are in all Dublin local authority administrative areas.

Huge usage increase

According to Bitpower’s November 2017 report “Ireland’s Data Hosting Industry 2017”, there was a 186% increase in monthly consumer data traffic from 2013-2018, with video accounting for the most data usage – underpinning the importance of data centres.

At Kavanagh Tuite, we are highly experienced in the design, project management and delivery of tier 4 data centres for notable providers on fast-track schedules. Our projects vary in size up to 25,000m2, with a typical data centre being 15,000m2.

As of 2017, we are one of a small number of Irish architectural practices to have delivered in excess of 100,000 m2 of data centres over a range of sites with approximately 65,000m2 of white space. As of May 2018, we have over 50,000m2 in various stages of design. All our projects are in Dublin local authority administrative areas.

Pragmatic and honest design approach

Our delivery-orientated project management skills aligned with a pragmatic and ethical design approach offer assurance for clients negotiating Ireland’s localised planning and development regulations. We proactively manage risk to navigate prudent routes for efficient building procurement.

Architects have a range of duties during the planning and building process, including understanding the working areas of a building, how people move through a building, health and safety, power, supply chains, environmental factors . . . the list goes on.

We operate on a macro level, engaging with every stakeholder to ensure the whole process runs smoothly. Work on data centres, like any construction project, is generally done on a very strict timeframe. Expertise is needed across a range of areas, for example planning compliance, working in the immediate vicinity of other similar buildings e.g. on a campus, working with multiple teams, and ensuring standards are consistently met in a timely fashion.

We consider each project in a phased manner accounting for energy, security, secure access to fibre networks along with scoping for Environmental Impact Reports (EIARs)

Early integration with the client’s security design teams enhances project delivery to evolving client standards. We are also at the forefront of the BIM collaborative environment using federated models and clash detection though Navisworks.

Best-fit solutions

Our project management involves face-to-face meetings with the full construction team, nurturing relationships and building on our experience to streamline the delivery process. We are acutely aware that mechanical, engineering and plumbing (MEP) design can evolve during large project roll-outs, and plan for these developments. We constantly revaluate best fit solutions for client benefit and innovative design.

No one ever builds the same building twice. It’s important to be flexible and respond well to change. Architects are involved with perfecting the aesthetics of building, but also have a coordinating role, working with MEP designers and other key stakeholders. Our own role is only a small part of the overall job.

We don’t impose our views on clients or their design teams – we work around what they need to deliver the finished product. We accommodate other people’s requirements and can arbitrate on items that don’t fit on the specialists’ desks.

Secure and resilient

With the online world and technology constantly evolving and becoming ever-more important, the development of data centres will continue apace in what is an attractive and successful country for the sector. At Kavanagh Tuite, we are proud to be part of that development.

For more information about previous projects and our approach, see http://www.kavanaghtuite.ie