Dominican Convent

  • 2016
  • Galway, Ireland
  • Client: Congregation of Dominican Sisters

The Dominican Sisters bought the site at Taylor’s Hill, Galway in 1845 and over the last 170 years have been instrumental in developing a significant campus of educational and community facilities at this location. This new convent will replace an existing structure and provide contemporary level access accommodation for a community of 12 sisters. 

The historical cloistered monastery has been interpreted here as a deep plan punctuated by two planted courtyards lighting the circulation spaces to the individual bedrooms. To the south, the day room and refectory access a broad covered external terrace overlooking new gardens and enjoying a view to Salthill below and the sea beyond. A number of important remnants of a previous convent, such as stained glass windows are incorporated into the new structure.

The roof form is a distortion of the traditional double pitched roof, twisted to allow the south-eastern and north-western corners accommodate higher room volumes to house the chapel and the library. The building is finished in white pigmented render with a weathered zinc roof.

Section B–B
Section B–B
West Elevation
West Elevation
Ground Floor Plan
Ground Floor Plan
South Elevation
South Elevation
Section A–A
Section A–A
North Elevation
North Elevation
Chapel Perspective
Chapel Perspective
Chapel Perspective
Chapel Perspective

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