Contemplation Space

project scope: This collaborative project was developed with designer Garvan De Bruir and the Sisk Education & Training Centre from an original concept by Laura Magahy.

context: The space was conceived as a free-standing sculptural form inserted into the main foyer of the new Mater Adult Hospital Development. It provides a retreat for reflection away from the busy processes and interactions associated with the functioning of a large hospital.

sustainability: The installation was hand crafted from a number of different timber species from certified sustainable sources.

design challenge: The form is constructed using ash laths and is a development of a structural form, previously explored by Garvan, which has been adapted for use as an “inhabited sculpture”. An additional layer of lattice work at low level was introduced to provide increased visual privacy and structural stability while maintaining a degree of passive observation by hospital staff. The internal bench and entrance portal were conceived as insertions into the pure structural form. The bench is defined by the use of different timber (walnut) and acts as an anchor or base for the lattice structure. The scimitar form of the bench encourages visitors to turn their back on the busy street outside and reflect. The complex laminated entrance arch was hand-crafted by Garvan at his workshop using ash and leather.

awards & exhibition: Second place in the public choice award and commended in the “best cultural building” category in the 2013 RIAI awards
Winner in the Innovation Category of the 2014 Wood Awards Ireland