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Bench for Networking (Dunhuang) 2013

John Gerrard in collaboration with A2 Architects

Cement board, wood substrate, wireless router
2013

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Sited in an extreme corner of The Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, a former home for pensioner soldiers designed in 1680 by William Robinson, State Surveyor General, this ‘Bench for Networking’ provides another latent overlay on an already significant military site.

 

The bench’s protruding, closed outer edge into the room is somewhat defensive, disruptive; one must negotiate its map-like form. The positioning of the bench also proposes that it can potentially extend through the walls and cross-penetrate other rooms and outdoor areas in future iterations.

 

What appears at first as monolithic and cast is in fact a precise, shell-like assembly of cement board bonded onto a plywood substrate supported by a timber stud carcass that is embedded with a concealed wireless router. The bench is deceptively light so that it is transportable and so that it can function as a networking arena in any corner of any room of any building. (PC)

Installed as part of 'The Everyday Experience' at Irish Museum of Modern Art. 

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Production Credits: David McInerney (Project Architect) Peter Carroll, Caomhan Murphy, Joan McElligott at A2 Architects, Martin Higgins, Askeaton, Co. Limerick, contractor and thanks to sponsorship from TEGRAL (Cement Board) and SIKA (Bonding Agent).
Commissioned by the Irish Architectural Foundation. 

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Photographer : Marie-Louise Halpenny

Bench for Networking (Dunhuang) 2013

2013

The Everyday Experience
Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin

The Everyday Experience is an exhibition at the Irish Museum of Modern Art of national and international architects, designers, artists who reflect on the impact and practice of architecture and its effect on everyday lives. Work by Tatiana Bilbao, Tom dePaor and Peter Maybury, Pablo Bronstein, Set Collective, Celine Condorelli, John Gerrard in collaboration with A2 Architects, Alex Milton amongst others will reveal how much of our experience of designed or informal space is unconscious, immersed in the everyday and woven into life. Curated by Nathalie Weadick / The Irish Architecture Foundation. 

The Everyday Experience

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Original found land markings, Gobi Desert, China. 

Seen on Google Earth here
Artist commissioned satellite scan. 
Courtesy the artist, Thomas Dane Gallery, Simon Preston Gallery. 

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Land marking laid over the architecture of the Irish Museum of Modern Art
Image Courtesy A2 Architects 

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Concept Model for Bench. 

Courtesy A2 Architects. 

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