GPO WITNESS HISTORY

  • © Irish Air Corps
  • © Donal Murphy Photography, Dublin
  • © Donal Murphy Photography, Dublin
  • © Donal Murphy Photography, Dublin
  • © Martello Media, Dublin
  • © Martello Media, Dublin
  • © Martello Media, Dublin
  • © Kavanagh Tuite / Donal Murphy Photography
  • © Kavanagh Tuite / Donal Murphy Photography
  • © Kavanagh Tuite / Donal Murphy Photography

Application Type

Civic Trust Awards

Level of Award

Award

Region

Republic of Ireland

Local Authority Area

Dublin

Information about this scheme

GPO: Witness History is an adaptive re-use scheme involving new and remodelled spaces within Dublin’s General Post Office (GPO) which has iconic status in Irish modern history. Witness History, a new 1,550m2 visitor experience, has been delicately spliced into the existing fabric, orientating itself around the East Courtyard, breathing new life into previously underused spaces and providing a unique cultural facility for the city of Dublin. The brief was to develop greater public engagement with the complex through a visitor experience that would tell the story of the GPO through its near two centuries of existence. Meticulous investigation and repair of the facades in the east courtyard were completed and the accumulation of old services that had accrued over the decades was removed. The existing courtyard has been raised to street level, providing space for an exhibition area underneath and a newly accessible external court, where visitors can gather. The exhibition provides a key resource as a cultural and historical education tool for schools and students of all ages, as it links closely to elements of school curricula. The building allows for an immersive and engaging experience allowing this crucial history of the Irish state to come to life.

Credits

Owner

An Post

Client

An Post

Project Manager

Kavanagh Tuite

Architect

Kavanagh Tuite

Architect

Kavanagh Tuite

Quantity Surveyor

KCK

Services Engineer

Semple McKillop

Structural Engineer

Hendrick Ryan

Historic Buildings Consultant

Lindsay Conservation Architects

Exhibition Consultant

Martello Media

Public Art Consultant

Main Contractor

PJ Hegary and Sons

Primary Use Class

Class D1e - Museums