Site visits in the Southern Region

Have you ever wondered, how that building looks behind that shiny new facade?
RIAI Southern Region organises site visits to remarkable, recently completed buildings in Cork, Kerry and Tipperary, that are introduced to the interested public, before the owner or tenant restricts public access. The tours through the buildings are generally guided by a representative of the architectural practice responsible for the design and construction of the building.

Next upcominig site visits:

Site visit to the Tyndall Institute

guided by David Flannery of Scott Tallon Walker

Saturday 12th May @ 11.00am

Scott Tallon Walker Architects




Tyndall Institute,


Previous Site Visits 

Bessboro House Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Unit

Saturday 23th October 2010 at 16:00

McCullough Mulvin Architects



Convent of the Sacred Heart,

Bessboro House, Bessboro,

Mahon, Co. Cork


Bessboro House and its demesne has been a therapeutic campus for many years under the auspices of the Sacred Heart Sisters, who still live in the 18th century house. A Maternity Hospital and Chapel were built in the 1920s, and these two buildings are now the site of a new project by the HSE (Health Services Executive) to build facilities for children and young people with mental health difficulties. The project seeks -by engulfing the older buildings – to change their nature, reversing patterns of use and expectation. There is a new entrance block on the north side and a sweep of new rooms around a garden on the south, linking the former chapel and the old hospital building with a strong canopy. New areas are clad in timber with zinc roofs, roof lights and large areas of glazing bringing light deep into the plans. Twenty In-Patient bedrooms, including intensive care facilities, are located at first floor; therapy/treatment rooms and social areas are at ground level, stretching into the garden. Across the open playspace, the former chapel becomes a gym , its form engulfed by new classrooms,to allow young people who are in the unit for a period of a few months to follow normal educational programmes.



Campus of the Cork Institute of Technology

Saturday 23th October 2010 at 12:00

McCullough Mulvin Architects


site visit organized by AAI; more info on

participation accounts for two structured CPD points for RIAI members




CIT Campus, Bishopstown, Co. Cork


Student Centre, Cork Institute Of Technology


Civic Trust Award 2009
RIBA European Award 2007
RIAI Award for Best Educational Building 2007
AAI Award 2007
BDA Brick Award Best International Project 2006
RIAI Gold Medal 2004

The Student Centre is the favoured of the three buildings because of its haphazard brief (maybe funded or not funded, connection to existing buildings and rich mixture of function, bar, student's union, art gallery, common room, book shop) all formed about a yard with a quarter acre of roof-lit vaults for every sort of activity from hanging out to graduation.

The covered yard (internal court yard) is a sort of forum or democratic place. The ceiling is penetrated with circular vents and daylight. The floor is heated. The white and striped limestone was a ‘deal' with a quarry in Villa Vi├žosa, Portugal. The oval shaped discs of sunlight traverse the floor and walls of the courtyard acting as a sort of great sundial. It's a very special delight. Here a young student is surrounded by his student's union, art gallery, the college radio station and most importantly, a bookshop. There are banks as well as a bar, café and common room. It is a kind of Village Square.







Goleen House, Co. Cork


The tour will take place on Saturday 24th July 2010 at 12:00.


Please note because this is a private residence the architect has requested that there will

be a maximum tour size of 25. Please contact the RIAI South in advance to confirm your



Tour will be given by Project Architect - David Hemingway.




Altus, Sunday's Well Road, Cork




The tour will take place on Thursday 22nd April 2010 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Meeting point is the entry gate of the development on Sunday's Well Road.


Please check the event schedule regularly for further site visits.



Committee members:

Kevin Smyth, Region Rep.
Haley Bueno, Chairman
Seán Antóin Ó Muirí, Secretary
Paul McNally, Treasurer 
Henrik Wolterstorff, Treasurer
Aiofe Roche, Site Visit Officer
Haley Bueno, Website Manager
Louise Sliney, SPF Coordinator
Giulia Vallone, Cork CoCo Rep.
Haley Bueno, CPD Officer
Orla McKeever, CCAE Staff Rep.
Kieran Cremin, CCAE Stud. Rep.
Neil Kane
Paul Carpenter
Paul Hyde

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