The Market Place

Armagh, Northern Ireland

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In direct contrast to GHA’s simple glazed form for its Courtyard complex at Hereford, the practice’s arts centre in Armagh is made up of five terraces of introverted stone volumes in the manner of a medieval town that negotiates the steeply sloping townscape between the ancient St Patrick’s Cathedral and Armagh’s main public square.

The bespoke cast stone envelope emulates the local limestone and provides acoustic separation and thermal mass with the gallery spaces top lit.

A richly modelled foyer rises up through the site becoming more intimate as it rises while the fly-tower is at a lower level to avoid intruding on views of the cathedral.


Civic Trust Award 2001
Concrete Society Award 2001
RIBA Regional Award 2000
BCIA Award 2000