The town of Birr, a historic market town located in County Offaly, with its medieval roots and Georgian textures, has been Ireland’s eye to the solar systems from the 19th century. Birr Castle, once a medieval stronghold and now a tranquil oasis of mature trees and gardens, has been at the heart of Birr since the 12th Century.
▼镶嵌在Birr城堡花园中的建筑，the barn carved into the gently rolling hills of Birr Castle Gardens
The Rosse telescope, also known as the Leviathan, a stone folly which still proudly stands on these historic grounds, side by side with the modern array of telescopic antenna, the Irish-European I-LOFAR telescope project.
▼古老花园周围的壮丽景色，with stunning views across the historic garden landscape
The Mount Palmer Barn, a modest structure, that was once the daily meeting place for traditional demesne activities, is nestled between mature champion trees, on the edge of the vibrant river Camcor, carved into the gently rolling hills of Birr Castle Gardens.
▼坐落在老树间的谷仓，the barn nestled between mature champion trees
The building is now a thriving education centre and science hub, located at a natural vantage point above the telescopic array, with stunning views across the historic garden landscape.
▼谷仓作为教育中心和科学中心，a thriving education centre and science hub
Our approach was conserving the historic fabric and setting of Mount Palmer Barn, by applying a reversible, modern patina of textures to this modest structure.
▼谷仓室内效果，the interior view of the barn
▼现代轻质骨架与石墙形成对比，a new lightweight modern carcass contrasting from the thick stone walls
A new external skin of lime plaster, natural slates, and new hardwood timber windows were applied. Internally a new lightweight modern carcass, standing independent and contrasting from the thick stone walls, adds a functional support to modern activities and the visitor’s experience.
▼室内入口处，the entrance of indoor
▼从室内看庭院，views from indoor to courtyard
A low maintenance landscaped courtyard, enclosed by the historic stone walls of the yard, provides the setting for the education centre, with external seating, textured stone chippings and a corroded metal layer.
▼室外金属板，corroded metal layer outside
▼石头围绕着的庭院， courtyard with external seating, textured stone chippings and a corroded metal layer
Trinity College Dublin
Architect: Frank Cooney, Bryan Brady, Ana Paula Barbosa, Lucy Yang
Main contractor: Michael Bracken & Sons
Completion Date: 2018.05
Location: Mount Palmer Barn and Yard, Birr Castle Demesne, Birr, Co. Offaly
Project Size: 140 Sqm
Budget: €250,000 approx
Project Photography: Ros Kavanagh