Ireland's Great Hunger Museum. Low stone wall grows into front entry facade. Stone hearkens to Irish cottage materials.
"After some significant renovation, [the building is] perfect for its new use, and we very much look forward to presenting it to the world." - President John Lahey, Quinnipiac University
Entry into the museum at the lower level.
Reception desk and passageway into lower gallery.
The Lower gallery features art and an introductory video for museum visitors.
Lower gallery paintings and sculpture. Cabinetry on the right provides more storage space for the museum.
Wood stairs flanked by metal balusters that run from the lower floor up through the second floor. The simple wood treads contribute to the clean, yet warm feel of the stairs.
The stairs opens up to an airy gallery space with natural lighting as well as flexible gallery lighting. The wood slatted ceiling allows the LED lights to be changed as the exhibition changes.
Micheal Farrell's Black '47 is showcased on a freestanding wall in the gallery. Working with the client and exhibition and graphic designers at Group C, Wyeth Architects designed the sculpture podiums and freestanding gallery walls, intent on framing views and leading the gaze of visitors in order to show the wonderful art collection at its best.
Path of circulation, lighting, framing of views, and installation details were considered throughout, in conjunction with museum requirements for care and security of artwork. Humidity, temperature control and lighting are key issues in the design of museums.
View through elliptical exhibition space.
Through elliptical exhibition space.
Handmade tile details, inspired by the powerful story of the Irish famine.