In partnership with the Chicago Architecture Biennial, New Horizon_architecture from Ireland is currently on display at the Chicago Design Museum, located in Block Thirty Seven (108 N. State St, 3rd Floor). New Horizon is part of Irish Design 2015, a year-long initiative backed by the Irish government which explores, promotes, and celebrates Irish design, locally and internationally.

We are honored to be a partner of New Horizon, and in good company with several local Chicago design and construction firms.

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Curated by Raymund Ryan and Nathalie Weadick, New Horizon_architecture from Ireland displays the work of three Dublin-based architecture firms—A2 Architects, GKMP Architects, and Ryan Kennihan—and presents ten emerging Irish architectural practices in the installation at the Chicago Design Museum.

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We spent an evening at the well-attended opening of New Horizon on October 2nd, which was the first reveal of the exhibition. The official launch was by Ireland’s Minister for Business and Employment, Mr Ged Nash.

Our role in this exhibition was constructing the communal table at the center of the installation space. The table, which is inspired by the traditional decorative arts of Ireland, features a reflective surface and a 360° view of the work on display.

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The design concept on display is a nod to Chicago’s famous grid system, and showcases the work of the three honored Irish architectural firms through stories, drawings, scaled models, and photographs. The supportive i-beam grid structure is reflected upward, creating the illusion of airy, infinite space.

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The New Horizon exhibit is free and open to the public from October 2nd, 2015 through January 31st, 2016, 12pm-7pm at the Chicago Design Museum. Be sure to visit this exhibition, as well as the other many Chicago Architecture Biennial events throughout the fall and winter.

POST CONTRIBUTED BY : KELLY PELOZA

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