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Keith Williams raises the tone in Clones - images

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These are the first images of Keith Williams Architects' new library building in Clones in County Monaghan, Ireland.

The Eu4.5 million (£3 million) project, which has won funding from the Irish Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government, will become a key part of the redevelopment of the town's historic centre.

Due to start on site later this year, the 1,450m 2scheme will house an adult and a children's library, exhibition space, local history archives, and the headquarters of the county's library services. According to the Unicorn Theatre designer, the main library will boast 'a single, double-height volume both top lit and side lit'. Windows will be 'punched' through the solid-concrete panelled exterior, opening up vistas to the town's major monuments.

The Clones development is the practice's third major cultural project in Ireland and was handed to Williams back in 2004 after a competitive interview. Williams will be discussing these schemes and his high-profile Unicorn building at a lecture at the RIBA on 6 June.

by Richard Waite

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