[McCullough Mulvin Architects - The Butler Gallery - COVER IMG] The Butler Gallery, Kilkenny (Photographer: Ros Kavanagh)

The Butler Gallery

Firm LocationDublin, Ireland
Project locationKilkenny, Ireland
CompanyMcCullough Mulvin Architects
Lead ArchitectNiall McCullough and Ruth O'Herlihy
Design TeamArchitects: McCullough Mulvin Architects, Structural Engineers: O'Connor Sutton Cronin, Mechanical & Electrical Engineers: Noel Lawlor Consulting Engineers, Quantity Surveyors: Brendan Merry & Partners, Conservation Consultants: Carrig Conservation, Fire Consultants: Michael Slattery & Associates, Landscape Architects: Stephen Diamond Associates, Main Contractor: Mythen Construction
ClientKilkenny County Council

The Butler Gallery project has transformed a former almshouse in Kilkenny - the Evans Home - into a new cultural resource for the city. Providing a variety of spaces for art, installations and sculpture both inside and out, the existing building has been sensitively restored and combined with contemporary interventions in the form of two, two-storey bronze coloured extensions to form an aggregate of the old and the new. The project is an architectural experiment about how the radical re-use of existing buildings can make a vivid and appropriate ‘place’ and a space for contemporary art.