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Cooney Architects project, The Campus Conference Centre, published in

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The Campus Conference Centre at National Sport Campus in west Dublin is a ‘Hub’ for social and professional interaction at the campus. The master plan for Sports Campus Ireland resulted from a winning entrant competition in 2008, to date more than nineteen sports governing bodies are located on the campus.

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We took an existing abandoned concrete structure, we reused and extended this to provide a space for social and professional engagement. The retained and reused concrete building contains changing rooms, lecture theatres, a ground level café and external space expressed as a north facing ‘solid element’. A newly constructed triple height ‘street’ foyer extension is designed as a focal point of the routes leading to the various pavilion buildings on the 250-acre campus.




Product Description. The exterior brick walls are built of Ibstock white glazed brick . This clean and elegant façade  is to reflect the clean lines of the whole building and to frame the impressive elevation. The bricks give body and density to the building, as well as an essential sculptural quality.

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Photographs: Ros Kavanagh

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Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena

  • By Cooney Architects

Find below a link to a great video of Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena



Minister Humphreys announces €28m investment in towns, villages & rural recreation projects in 2017

  • By Cooney Architects

Published: Wednesday, February 01, 2017 from RIAI website


From LR: Martin Colreavy, Principal Adviser Built Heritage Architectural Policy Strategic Infrastructure with the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD and Michael Starrett CEO of the Heritage Council.

Minister Humphreys announces plans to invest more than €28m in towns, villages and rural recreation projects in 2017.

The Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, has announced on Tuesday 31 January that her Department will invest more than €28 million in towns, villages and rural recreation projects in 2017, as part of the Action Plan for Rural Development.

At least 200 towns and villages will benefit from the funding, which should help to unlock and leverage further investment in these areas. A further 100 projects will benefit from rural recreation funding, which will help to attract additional visitors to rural areas, as set out in the Action Plan. A variety of schemes will be opened in the coming months to directly benefit rural communities and heritage projects nationwide.

The following schemes will inject funding into rural Ireland throughout 2017:

  • €12 million Town and Village Renewal Scheme
  • €5 million CLÁR Programme
  • €2.8 million built heritage investment schemes
  • €1.3 million Heritage Council schemes
  • €7 million in support for rural recreation projects

Speaking at the launch Minister Humphreys said: “I am prioritising the revitalisation of rural towns and villages through the Action Plan for Rural Development. If we are serious about rural regeneration, we must start with our rural towns. The schemes which will be co-run by my Department, Local Authorities and the Heritage Council this year will provide direct funding to rural towns and villages to improve public areas, invest in heritage buildings and support innovative local projects.

“Our towns and villages are the heart of our rural communities, but many of them are still recovering from the economic downturn. By improving the appearance and public amenities in our town and village centres, we can help to make them more attractive places in which to work, to live and to visit.

“I am taking a community-led approach to rural development. My Department will be working very closely with Local Authorities in the coming months to identify projects which will have a positive impact on rural towns and villages. Investing in heritage buildings forms an important element of my plan, because well maintained and actively used historic buildings contribute positively to the vitality of our towns and villages.

“Under the Action Plan, we want to increase the number of visitors to rural areas by 12%. Making our towns and villages more attractive places to visit will be a very important part of that plan and so too is supporting and encouraging rural reaction. That is why my colleague, Michael Ring TD, Minister for Regional Economic Development, will be providing €7 million in support for rural recreation projects in 2017. Minister Ring will also administer the CLÁR programme, which provides funding for small infrastructure projects in rural areas.

“I will also be working with my colleague, the Minister for Housing, Simon Coveney, in the coming months to introduce a range of initiatives which will encourage more people to live in rural towns and villages. In addition, €40 million provided under the LEADER programme will support up to 1,000 community-led projects in rural areas. Through this co-ordinated approach, we will help to breathe fresh life back in rural communities nationwide.”

Speaking at the launch CEO of the Heritage Council, Michael Starret said: “The potential offered by heritage led regeneration in rural Ireland is immense and the Heritage Council looks forward to expanding its partnership with Local Authorities through these initiatives.  The Heritage Officer Network will play a key part as will an expanded network for towns and villages and a new one for Irish Uplands.  The Minister is to be congratulated for affording us this opportunity.

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Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena, Worth the wait

  • By Cooney Architects

See below the great article and video from the Irish Times where Sports writer Ian O’Riordan takes a brief look at the new “jewel in the crown” of the National Sports Campus in Abbotstown



IKEA’s Better Shelter Wins Design of the Year 2016

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27 January, 2017 by Patrick Lynch from Archdaily

IKEA’s flat-packed refugee housing solution, the “Better Shelter,” has been announced as the winner of the Beazley Design of the Year 2016. Presented by the Design Museum in London, the award is given to the project that best meets the criteria of design that “promotes or delivers change,” “captures the spirit of the year,” “enables access,” and “work that has extended design practice.”

Selected as the winner of the Architecture category, the Better Shelter beat out winners from five other categories, including Digital, Fashion, Graphics, Product and Transport, to take home the top honor of Design of the Year.

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“Innovative, humanitarian and implemented, Better Shelter has everything that a Beazley Design of the Year should have,” said judge Dr. Jana Scholze from Kingston University.

The Better Shelter was developed as a collaborative project in 2013 by Johan Karlsson, Dennis Kanter, Christian Gustafsson, John van Leer, Tim de Haas, Nicolò Barlera, UNHCR and the IKEA Foundation. Nearly 65 million of the shelters have since been distributed worldwide.

The structures consist of a steel frame clad with insulated lightweight polymer panels, and can be assembled in under 4 hours. Due its modular nature, additional features such as a solar powered wall can also be integrated into the design. Each shelter is designed for a 3-year lifespan.

Last year’s top award was given to the Human Organs-on-Chips project by Harvard’s Wyss Institute, while the architecture category was won by Alejandro Aravena’s UC Innovation Center.

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Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena Official Opening

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The Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena was officially opened this morning, Thursday 26th January 2017, by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and attended by Minister Ross and Minister O’Donovan.  We, at Cooney Architects, are delighted to be part of the Design Team on this exciting project, a world class sporting facility for the people of Ireland.

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Frank Cooney and Paul Hooper (Hooper Architects, Netherlands) at the official opening of Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena

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National Athletics Centre and National Gymnastics Centre




The National Indoor Arena, Abbotstown, Dublin

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The Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena, Abbotstown, Dublin is nearing completion.  Cooney Architects are delighted to have been involved in this exciting project as part of the Clients Design Consultancy Team.  The Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena is the new flagship facility at the National Sports Campus. This fully accessible, multi-sport and multi-purpose arena, is the newest of its kind in Europe. Built to the highest world class standards and specifications, it will ensure that Ireland has the best facility for indoor sport and events, which can be used Irish sporting bodies, high performance athletes and the general public.