Irish-European I-LOFAR Telescope Visitor Centre

TypeCivic, Cultural and Educational
LocationBirr castle demesne, Birr, Co. Offaly
TeamFrank Cooney, Bryan Brady, Ana-Paula Barbosa, Lucy Yang
PhotographyRos Kavanagh
Article extractExtract from Architecture Ireland magazine issue 307: Article by Elaine Hanna MRIAI
‘Architectural Science. This modest yet significant project is crucial to the endeavours of the I-LOFAR scientists in disseminating and communicating the knowledge and research taking place here. It is a credit to the architects’ design and intent and the robustness of its execution that the barn remains a recognisable element of  an agricultural landscape, while ably accommodating a new scientific purpose.’
Testimonial“The aim of the i-LOFAR Education Centre is to inspire school children, university students, researchers and tour groups to explore the wonders of space science.  The project involved the refurbishment of a derelict agricultural building (sheep shed!) in the Birr Castle Demesne to a state of the art Education Centre, meeting space, data processing facility and Control Room for the Rosse Observatory and i-LOFAR Radio Telescope.  Cooney Architects have successfully achieved this.”
 Sandra Kenny, Project Manager, Trinity College Estates & Facilities
Architecture Ireland magazine issue 307-Gender: September / October
RIAI awards Shortlisted-Building of the year-Public & Educational
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