The Luan Art Gallery in Athlone, has been chosen by the RIAI as the Best Cultural Building in 2013. This award completes a ‘Three in a Row’ of award winning projects that we have constructed, following on from the Educational Building Winner in 2012 for Loreto College, Crumlin and Best Commercial / Retail Building Winner in 2011 for Briarhill Drive Thru, Galway
The judges’ citation reads “The strong composition and planar control, allied to an assured choice of materials, has created a calm presence on the quayside of this elegant civic extension.”
It involved the adaptation of the historic 1897 Father Matthew Hall into a new gallery, with a new contemporary wing added to provide temporary white box gallery spaces and a river gallery overlooking the Shannon.
Enveloped in natural stone, the building ‘floats’ on a plinth to give spectacular views of the Shannon.