JFK school up for architectural gong

JFK Memorial School is up for an architectural award, the results of which will be announced on July 4
THE city’s JFK Memorial School has been short-listed for a prestigious architectural design award.

THE city’s JFK Memorial School has been short-listed for a prestigious architectural design award.

The Ennis Road school, which honours the American president assassinated in 1963, has been nominated for the Irish Architecture Awards by the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI). It was designed by Healy Partners Architects, Glentworth Street.

The original design concept of the school building has opened up a new civic green space, edged by the church, the school and the mature copper beech hedge and defines the main pathway to the church.

The main entrance and the cedar-clad library wing overlook this civic space. The classrooms are arranged around a private courtyard over two levels. The classrooms on the northern roadside elevation incorporate roof lights and glazed corridors to achieve an abundance of quality natural daylight.

The sloping site levels have been used effectively to accommodate the green area. This year the awards received 100 entries across 13 categories. The winners will be announced on July 4 at Wood Quay, Dublin.