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UK-Korean firm wins Yeats poetry pop-up contest

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Shindesignworks has won a competition for an installation in Lough Gill, Ireland inspired by William Butler Yeats’ 1892 poem The Lake Isle of Innisfree

The London and Daegu-based studio’s ‘Square Moon’ proposal was chosen from 110 submissions to the Institute of Technology Sligo-backed international contest.

Featuring an aluminium-scaled frame and luminous lantern light, the design impressed the judges with its ‘clarity and simplicity’.

Open to architects and artists, the competition, sought proposals for £18,800 temporary structures combining ‘Yeats’ poetic vision and contemporary architectural ideas.’

Copenhagen-based AP+E and time[scape]lab from Tennessee were both highly commended. Zita Fodor, Nóra Ferenczi and Éva Baráth from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics meanwhile won a parallel student contest.


  • Main architectural competition

Overall winner: Shindesignworks, London/Daegu (South Korea)
Highly commended: AP+E (Architecture Practice + Experimentation), Copenhagen, Denmark
Highly commended:  time[scape]lab - Tennessee, USA
Commended: Nós Workshop, Dublin, Ireland
Commended: Samuel Little, London, UK

  • Student conceptual competition

Overall winner: Zita Fodor, Nóra Ferenczi and Éva Baráth, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary
Highly commended: Andras Dankhazi, Graduate, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland
Highly commended: Creative Leap Collective, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK
Highly commended: Conor English, Henry Forbes & Matthew McCallum, Dundee School of Architecture, Dundee, Scotland, UK
Highly commended: Rachel Delargy, Queens University Belfast graduate, Belfast

Judging panel chair Michael McGarry commented: ‘The range of responses was wide, ranging from the allegorical and narrative driven, those focused on the place and its (imagined) tactility, to the more formal where the intrinsic value of the addition would release meaning.

‘The assessors were delighted by both the sincerity and the sophistication of the responses, most appreciative of the enormous endeavor involved, and tellingly reminded of the depth of meaning provoked by Yeats and his adopted landscape.’

The winning design will be constructed along the jetty area on the Lough Gill in western Ireland in time for Yeats’ 150th birthday on 13 June.

It will then be relocated to a permanent home on the Institute of Technology Sligo campus.

Institute of Technology Sligo president Vincent Cunnane said: ‘As one of the principal backers of the competition, the Institute is delighted to help create an important cultural legacy in this very special year for Yeats celebration.

‘We’re honoured to be the permanent home for this new creative installation. It’s the Institute’s hope that its presence on our campus will help foster an enduring connection with Yeats amongst our young student population.’

More than 400 teams registered for the design contest and 110 submitted entries. A total of 55 entries were meanwhile received in the student competition.

Submitted schemes will feature in an exhibition  at the institute in September and October.

The Lake Isle of Innisfree by William ButlerYeats

I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made:
Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey-bee;
And live alone in the bee-loud glade.

And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping
Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket
There midnight’s all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow,
And evening full of the linnet’s wings.

I will arise and go now, for always night and day
I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;
While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey,
I hear it in the deep heart’s core.






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