An exhibition opening at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), The Lives of Spaces, displays nine short films which offer a spatial portrait of Irish society. The films of nine buildings offer a short story of each building as it has lived and been lived in. The films reveal the central role of space in our society and suggest that while spaces can contain many lives, they can equally live many lives themselves.
The nine projects vary from domestic to public and social to personal – including a bothy, prison and community centre. The Lives of Spaces was Ireland’s exhibition at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2008 and features the work of nine Irish practices: Hassett-Ducatez Architects, Simon Walker and Patrick Lynch, Grafton Architects, McCullough-Mulvin, Gerry Cahill Architects, dePaor Architects, TAKA, O’Donnell + Tuomey and Dara McGrath.