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Selected by curators Nathalie Weadick and Raymund Ryan, “New Horizon_architecture from Ireland” presents the work of three practices – A2 Architects, GKMP Architects and Ryan W. Kennihan Architects – for the first time in Chicago, as part of Irish Design 2015.
Informed by the Biennial’s theme, “The State of the Art of Architecture”, the three Irish practices have been tasked to make an intervention – part installation, part exhibition – in the Chicago Design Museum. The architects have collaborated on constructing a temporary mirrored canopy, designing and fabricating a generous communal table, and presenting a selection of work from their offices in Dublin.
The practices have planned an elegant intervention augmenting the structure of the Chicago Design Museum, taking inspiration from Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies van der Rohe’s geometric modernism. Embracing the Biennial’s theme, the installation shines a light on the art of architecture and specific interests of this new generation of architects. They play with preconceptions of old and new, Ireland and America, labour and pleasure, the room and the city. A programme of accompanying events explores cultural, social and political connections between Chicago and Ireland.