Innovative Cork IT factory vies for top design award

The design heads at Cork IT’s Architecture Factory can hardly contain their excitement — their converted factory, with studios fashioned from old shipping containers, has been short-listed for a world design award.

Innovative Cork IT factory vies for top design award

The budget makeover of a former factory to education space has already won Irish awards, and has beaten Google’s trendy Dublin HQ in Irish design awards. They feature the imaginative reuse of ships’ containers which have been around the world many times over. Now, those same chopped down containers, painted in zingy lime greens, are back getting world exposure in the global architectural award programme called Architizer A+.

There’s entries from more than 100 countries, in 60 categories, with winners selected by March 21 in a public online vote.

CIT’s Architecture Factory is competing against four other projects in its Higher Education/Institution category: one of its rivals is a movable Antarctic research station, the Halley VI — a swankier sort of container for polar cap scientists.

The CIT ‘factory’ was completed in 2013 and houses CIT’s Department of Architecture, with design by CIT lecturer, Marc O’Riain, with RKD Architects and ARUP.

The Cork college has other acclaimed buildings, such as Cork School of Music, designed by Murray O’Laoire Architects, and multi-award winning administration, student centre and tourism and catering buildings, by de Blacam and Meagher.


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