An office atrium ‘tree’, a dental hospital, and a contemplation pod were among the winners of this year’s Wood Awards Ireland.
Gensler’s London arm, working in collaboration with Dublin-based Henry J Lyons, won the furniture category with their Cork Dell Tree (above). The structure, which acts as both an art installation and a piece of furniture, stands 15m high and spans four floors in Dell’s office atrium in Cork.
Comprised of 400 separate sections of American white oak veneer on an MDF core, the tree was produced by O’Driscoll Furniture.
Laura Magahy, Garvan de Bruir and architect Michael Goan took the award for innovation with their Contemplation Space (above), a free-standing structure in the foyer of the Mater Adult Hospital. Constructed out of American white ash lattice with an additional layer of latticework at the base for privacy, it provides a retreat from the otherwise frenetic entrance foyer.
The restoration category award was given to McCullough Mulvin Architects for the Dublin Dental Hospital (above). American white oak was used to fit out the hospital interiors in order to provide a contemporary look.
Encompassing the interiors of five old buildings, the project was praised for site-specific inventive thought and different levels of intervention and restoration that allowed “the new whole [to be] more than just a sum of its historic past”.