Architecture at the Edge, a festival celebrating the buildings and spaces of the West Coast, returns this month with architectural talks and tours throughout Mayo and Galway.
Following a theme of ‘Adaptive Reuse’, the programme looks at how older buildings that have outlived their original function are repurposed to fit the modern world.
Visitors can learn about a former dilapidated workshop space that has been converted into a creative studio, an old Christian Brothers school turned artists’ studio, a university classroom in a refurbished church, and a vibrant cultural centre that has breathed life into an abandoned railway shed.
Festival Director, Frank Monahan, said that an increasing number of repurposed buildings can be found in the West of Ireland.
“Renovations like this are both old and new, historic and forward-looking generative and sustainable,” he said.
Fixing up abandoned structures not only rejuvenates towns and communities, but helps promote further development, Mr Monahan added.
A talk about this year’s theme and its examples will take place on Saturday October 12 at NUI Galway’s Human Biology Building.
Guided tours of featured architecture will also be held throughout the festival, including a free tour of Enniscoe House, in Castlehill, and Mayo Medical Academy in Galway.
Heffernan’s Butchers in Ballina will host a ceramics workshop, while families can get arty at the former railway shed, now Swinford Cultural Centre.
All events over the course of the weekend of October 12 and 13 are free but, with limited spaces, advance booking is recommended.
Visit www.architectureattheedge.com for further details and tickets.