Irish Natural Stone
Photo: Dennis Gilbert
Photo: Dennis Gilbert
Photo: Dennis Gilbert
Photo: Dennis Gilbert
Photo: Dennis Gilbert
Photo: Dennis Gilbert
Photo: Paul Egan
Photo: Paul Egan
Photo: Dennis Gilbert
Photo: Dennis Gilbert
Photo: Dennis Gilbert
Photo: Dennis Gilbert

Lewis Glucksman Gallery

“Stone belongs to the ground and timber belongs to the trees...if you use materials sensuously people don't even think whether it's new or old.”

John Tuomey, Architect

Location: University College Cork, Cork City, Ireland

Architects: O'Donnell & Tuomey Architects

Irish Blue Limestone: Diamond-sawn finish

A gateway between University College Cork and Cork City, O'Donnell & Tuomey Architects envisioned the Lewis Glucksman as both modern art gallery for the city and conservation project for the noble trees that overhang the River Lee. Its symbiotic design - an interplay of wood and stone - both progressive and protective, pays homage to its natural environs.

Kilkenny Limestone were chosen to supply the cladding, paving and limestone pier for this exciting project. It was the architects' intention that low maintenance timber materials would age to grey over time in unison with the stone. “It's important that the things you choose to put together will wear together and enhance each other in the aging process”, says John Tuomey. In order to achieve a natural, “ready roughness” effect, blue limestone with a diamond-sawn finish was selected.

A unique feature of the project, University Pier was created to connect the campus to the river. Located beneath this blue limestone walkway is a café along with various meeting and study facilities designed to imitate caves or natural subterranean chambers within the rock.