Architecture and Renovation: Thinking outside the boxes in Cork

A nondescript factory building filled with shipping containers has become one of Ireland's most award-winning spaces, writes Stephen Bourke.

12th October, 2014
A sweep of the Architecture Factory at Cork Institute of Technology, formerly the Tyco electronics factory.

Even with the many awards for his education space the Architecture Factory hanging on the wall, Marc Ó Riain seemed nervous on the eve of the World Interior of the Year competition last week.

With names like Zaha Hadid and Richard Rogers in the competition, held in Singapore, “you can’t [help] but feel out of your depth”, the interiors architect said. In the end, the Architecture Factory at the Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) was...

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