West Cork Arts Centre

The main idea has been to create a friendly, welcoming and sunny space in the heart of Skibbereen, that will attract people from the surrounding buildings and streets, drawing them into the entrance courtyard of the Arts Centre and enticing them into the building. The two art galleries are given the greatest prominence, like a pair of outstretched welcoming arms, embracing the entrance courtyard and reaching out to all comers. The galleries, performance space and workshop are organised on the ground and first floors around a bright and airy foyer. The dance space and the office accommodation are located on the second floor, where the dancers can see and be seen from some considerable distance. The roof lights of the galleries are engineered to avoid direct sunlight, but elsewhere the sun will reach into the heart of the building through glazed slots in the roof and carefully positioned glazing in the floors. The ground floor of the timber framed building is clad in a hand made brick, and laminated timber beams and timber cladding are employed elsewhere, inside and out, with zero carbon insulation in the walls and roof.