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Heneghan Peng Architects, Dublin, Ireland

Friday 09 Mar 2012

Irrational rationality

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Heneghan Peng Architects develop projects through rigorously derived geometric rules 

The work of the practice has persistently investigated site as generative where form becomes inextricably linked to the peculiarities of each individual site at scales ranging from building to urban masterplans to landscape. This modus operandi has led to projects in numerous sensitive World Heritage sites, including Greenwich England, the Great Pyramids at Giza, the Rhine River Valley & the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland.

The development of every project as form emerges through rigorously derived geometric rules derived from readings of a particular site; an ‘irrational' rationality through which form invents and shapes its own profiles & boundaries. They see their role in the making of architecture through the synthesizing of active & latent layers within the material & immaterial organisations of a site with their role at the edge of this process, defining the point of engagement. This process is anchored in materiality, the environment, the community, scale, economics and at times the politics of the site. Within each spatial fold in form, the details of the meniscus are traceable, rethought from layers always already present within the specificities & peculiarities of individual sites.

This methodology requires their architectural process to be highly collaborative; defining form through foreign parameters slightly beyond their control yet highly developed within their own specific logic. In this manner the architecture inevitably moves towards the new & unpredictable.

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