the "cool" school

in 1999, irish duo o'donnell + tuomey came up with a building idea with an elegant massing and interwoven series of indoor and outdoor spaces for ranelagh multi-denominational school.

it’s seen as “the cool school” by the students. what makes it unique is the area that it’s located in. in today's dublin, ranelagh is a hub for different cultures, known as the shoreditch of dublin, and the school is welcoming those coming from the city center.

a mixture of several materials were used to design the building: terne-coated steel, timber-clad, reclaimed brick and old stone are just a few of them.

the working system & architecture of the school is a great interpretation of what a “standard" school could be. it has produced a learning environment that clearly has an uplifting effect on both children and staff, and is also a vibrant community centre. 

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photos & text: ahmet uğur yılmaz

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