Saturday and Sunday 12:00 – 16:00
Accessibility: partial – the mezzanine is not wheelchair accessible
Valerie Byrne, Director, will lead a series of tours of the National Sculpture Factory on Saturday the 5th and Sunday the 6th of October.
The National Sculpture Factory (NSF) provides a dynamic flexible environment for artists to work on projects or to acquire new skills. Situated in an old tramway depot adjacent to the city centre and all materials suppliers the NSF is ideally positioned for ease of access.
Trams were housed here from the mid 1800’s to the mid 1930s. The ESB (Electricity Supply Board) moved in in the 1930’s before they moved to their new premises in Sarsfield Road, Wilton, Cork in the late 80s.
In 1998, the NSF commissioned the award winning architect Tom De Paor to create a Mezzanine space within the facility to provide clean space for meetings, research/kitchen space and a technical office. The insertion is a lead clad inhabitable beam. Simplicity of form and process transforms this ‘craft’ like, utilitarian platform into a sculptural tour-de-force, which does not compromise the flexibility of the floor beneath or the walls above.
In 2012, Robin Lee Architects completed a contemporary new entrance and dynamic signage for the NSF as well as some internal layout improvements. These architectural interventions have ensured the NSF space remains contemporary and relevant.
NSF is celebrating 30 years this year!
Design: Tom De Paor, Robin Lee Architects
Location: Albert Rd, Ballintemple, Cork, T12 KX00
Accessibility: wheelchair accessible
Learn more about this building on the NIAH website:
National Sculpture Factory
Photo credit: Jed Niezgoda