The challenge of building in Ireland's historical urban centres

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Waterford Medieval Museum with its stone cladded exterior entrance

Ireland’s dense historical urban cores have charm and character – but building in places where “the most random spit will land on centuries of antiquity,” as Flann O’Brien put it, can be a challenge.

Designed in-house by the staff of the Waterford City architect’s office, the Waterford Medieval Museum was one of eight Irish buildings nominated for the Mies van der Rohe award for contemporary architecture this year – but the museum has already...

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