This week, we were privileged to welcome the architect himself, Paul Koralek, back to Dublin and Trinity.
The first of his official engagements was to open a new exhibition detailing the design and construction of the Berkeley at the Irish Architectural Archive, curated by Donal Hickey.
The exhibition includes copies of the competition-winning scheme, of the ‘Developed Scheme’, December 1961, and of the final scheme which emerged between 1962 and 1963, as well as original drawings and sketches reflecting the architect’s thinking at various points in the development of the design. Also featured is a set of 284 construction photographs recording the building process from January 1964 to October 1966, while a centrepiece of the exhibition is a model of the building newly-commissioned thanks to the generous support of a Trinity alumnus.
Donal has also looked to other material including publications, photographs and models, to provide a context – internationally and locally – for the Berkeley Library and its architecture.
The exhibition runs in the Architecture Gallery of the Irish Architectural Archive from Thursday 12 October 2017 to Friday 5 January 2018. The Architecture Gallery is open to the public from 10am to 5pm, Tuesdays to Fridays. Admission free.
Here we have Paul re-reading the letter sent to him, telling him he’d won the competition:
We were *very* much looking forward to seeing the new model of the Berkeley, and it is truly amazing. Don’t take my word for it, look!