After an open call competition run by the Irish Architecture Foundation (IAF) OBFA were delighted to win the contract to deliver a temporary architectural installation in Library Square, Tallaght, Dublin 24.
OBFA were selected as the winners not only by a jury made up of representatives from the IAF, South Dublin County Council, Tallaght Community Arts and the institutions surrounding the square, but by the public through a consultation event in Tallaght Library. Following the award, and preliminary design phase, OBFA and the IAF hosted a second Public Consultation to finalise the design of the ‘Melt The Walls’ installation.
The final design was selected by both jury and public for being playful, bringing tactile and green materials to the space and allowing for a variety of uses by a variety of users.
Designed by OBFA Architects, and constructed by AB Projects, this installation is designed to be a conversation starting point for users of the square and to initiate discussions for possible long-term plans for this area. Users are encouraged to sit and occupy the space, engage with the installation, and change their perspective of Library Square. ‘Melt The Walls’ has lightboxes within the upright planters featuring images of what goes on in the cultural buildings flanking the Square.
The Re-Imagine Tallaght project was run by the IAF and is funded by Creative Ireland South Dublin and South Dublin County Council in partnership with South Dublin County Council Arts Office and Tallaght Community Arts. It was produced with the Civic Theatre, Rua Red, South Dublin County Parks & Landscaping, Tallaght Library and the Mother Tongues Festival. A full programme of events took place incorporating the ‘Melt The Walls’ installation, from 16th-28th September 2019, including Culture Night 2019.