The Kilkenny Collective for Arts Talent is a tight-knit community of artists in rural Ireland. The architectural ambition was to give them a new theatre, workspace, and residences across the river from their main building while still enriching the communal atmosphere. A sequence of space was designed to connect the complex—an open-air pavilion, a wooden bridge, a covered but outdoor seating area overlooking the river, and a central courtyard that connects to every public space in the new building.
The new building is organized into eight pavilions that surround this courtyard. The pavilions’ monitors are all similar on the exterior, but on the interior each one is sculpted for the best quality of light based on the function. Academically, the gridded plan was not used so much as a formal generator or typological reference but rather to simplify the exterior problem, allowing for more exploration on the interior. And experientially, the hope was to give everyone beautiful light—a precious resource in Ireland—in unique ways.