Describing Architecture

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St Mary’s Church / McCullough Mulvin


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St Mary’s is a medieval church in the centre of Kilkenny. It was built with scale and ambition, laid out symmetrically in the shape of a cross. It went through many changes over time, acquiring depth and complexity in monuments and aisles. Later, elements were gradually shorn off, aisles removed, the chancel demolished- a building changing like someone breathing in and out.

The work began with extensive archaeological excavation that recovered the original plan; the project works to recover spatial complexity by re-constructing aisle and chancel on the original foundations but to a different internal section and materiality- white spaces with rooflights revealing archaeology below.