West Cork Arts Centre
Year – 2008
Contest – International Competition
Client – Cork City Hall
Location – West Cork Art Centre, Cork, Ireland
GPS - 51°32’55.1”N 9°16’01.8”W
Site Area / Area – 3760 sq.m
Budget – 3.570.000,00 €
Author – Albuquerque Goinhas, Augusto Marcelino, Cristina de Mendonça, Luís Baptista, Nuno Griff, Pedro Patrício, Sofia Antunes
Project Team - Albuquerque Goinhas, Augusto Marcelino, Cristina de Mendonça, Luís Baptista, Nuno Griff, Pedro Patrício, Sofia Antunes
The project aims to create a new urban facility by transforming a closed and difficult access city block into a cultural square, capable of combining a sense of privacy and a strong social identity, more than just designing a recognizable architectural object.
The West Cork Arts Centre therefore meant to be a natural and extemporal constituent of the site. Rises within the urban fabric of Skibbereen to form a new focus on the territory, with the power to lend the town a new expression, not a monument but a tridimensional public space, an open forum for arts and Culture.
Instead of a mere narrow access (another Laneway) the new bridge became part of the overall strategy for the Centre, acting as an attractor, creating a clear urban continuity from Main Street up to Townshend Street. Approaching the Centre one arrives at an open space that function as entrance hall. The New WCAC communicates as a square, as an open meeting point, a stage for multiple events to take place.