Harry Clark House, National College of Art & Design, Thomas Street, Dublin

Mola Architects
Date Built
Thomas Street
This former Fire Station on Thomas Street was built in 1911.  Prior to its transformation into a campus for the National College of Art and Design, it had sat vacant with its facade hidden behind hoardings.  The redevelopment of the building included the restoration of the facade.  As the NCAD website explains the building is now known as Harry Clark House and, " ... houses the Faculty of Visual Culture, a number of lecture theatres and the NCAD gallery."

The Mola Architects website says of their design that it, " ... achieves a number of key goals. Firstly a new formal entrance has been created for the NCAD campus presenting the College onto Thomas Street. In addition, there is a coherent dialogue between the upgraded existing buildings and the newly extended elements both architecturally and within the extended internal circulation routes. The project also provides essential new facilities for the college in terms of lecture rooms, staff room and facilities and a badly required new gallery space within a relatively small building footprint." ... "Internally the former Engine Room was converted into a lecture theatre while the original timber ceiling and glazed brick wall finish were restored to their former glory."