Built in the early 1800’s, this former jail was used as a parochial hall for many years but unfortunately it has lain idle in the past decade. The challenge was to integrate a commercial brewery complete with its own visitor experience, café & offices within a protected structure of regional significance.
A new link-building with its curved roofscape, located between the original Gaol and Parochial Hall structures, complements but contrasts with the original structures. Careful reinstatement of the front/ public facade of the original Gaol building back to its original historic proportions reinvigorates how it interacts with the street.
The design concept comprising of curved steel supporting columns each with its own curved sub-supports and semi translucent roof covering above is reminiscent of the structure of a tree canopy. The roof covering comprises of Silicone Coated glass semi-translucent fabric which is lightweight, translucent and echoes the earlier uses of the Yard as a place to trade flannel and linen. The structure is completely stand alone and independent of the original buildings surrounding it which are protected structures.
An overall reconsideration of how people use the space has been at the forefront of this project. The new roof canopy allows for events and activities to run all year round, regardless of Ireland’s inconsistent weather. Beyond the physical presence of the structure, it has also created opportunities for markets, temporary kiosks and outdoor events throughout the day and night.
Mc Kiernan Architects,
The Old Presbytery, Main Street,
Co.Leitrim. N41 W6Y2
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