Bucholz McEvoy Architects
Collaborative Practice

£19.95 | $29.95
28 x 23 cm | 11 x 9 in
190 ills | 192 pages
ISBN 9781908967558

Authors Ray Ryan, Lytle Shaw

The Dublin-based practice Bucholz McEvoy—run by Chicago-born architect Merritt Bucholz and his Irish partner Karen McEvoy—came into prominence in 1996, when, in collaboration with Building Design Partnership, they won the competition for the Fingal County Hall in Swords, Dublin. After representing Ireland at the Venice Biennale in 2006, the practice completed another important project in 2008: the Elm Park Green Urban Quarter, an upmarket development of over 100,000 m² in Dublin, comprising a private hospital, hotel, offices, apartments and housing for senior citizens, a creche and leisure centre along with cafes.

The design of Elm Park brought together the many strategies that Bucholz McEvoy had been working with over time. The firm considered energy use, daylighting, and structural performance, investigating how individual building components could be built and installed. The building’s microclimate, orientation and shape were also carefully studied to maximise daylight and create natural ventilation and reduce energy footprints. The practice works very closely with the users of their buildings to ensure that the energy outcomes are achieved and that occupants develop a sense of ownership of the structure with the architects meeting a project’s tenants to discuss their work patterns and how the building functions.

This book is the first published survey of the work of Bucholz McEvoy Architects, intended not only as a retrospective monographic document, but, like the ever-developing nature of BMA’s practice, as a forward- thinking discursive tool, created to inform new modes of nuanced architectural thought.