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.

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