©2019 by UNIT 17, The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL

Cherry Beaumont


The traditional drystone walls of the west Irish landscape are carefully arranged structure of interlocking stones. The traces of space left between these stones – the gaps of compressed air or mortar – are explored at an architectural scale for the first project and in relation to the wider landscape during the second.

Stone construction tends to be symbolic of endurance and authority; consequentially it is often used as a material for sacred, institutional and educational buildings across many places, including Ireland.

Fifteen hundred years ago St. Macdara`s chapel was built out of heavy stone, an architecture telling of the Church`s authoritative role at that time. Today, the church is growing increasingly fragile as an institution. Recognising this, the first project is a structural negative of St. Madara’s; a ghost chapel that stands aside the original chapel. Skeletal traces are constructed from the Island`s sand leaving a fragile building which slowly erodes with daily tides whilst growing with lichen.