Rooms with a view into our souls
The way we live is more and more a matter of interest - that juxtaposition of physical space with more abstract ideas of society and self, and how this all combines to affect happiness and health. There is no science to it, yet, but the physical aspect, the impact of our material surroundings, is increasingly understood to be something vital, and so now seems a good time for Nine Lives, an exhibition presenting the work of nine emerging Irish architectural practices, all gaining strong reputations for themselves at home and abroad, run by the National Craft Gallery in Kilkenny, until September 27. Curated by Emmett Scanlon, Nine Lives runs as part of the Kilkenny Arts Festival. The exhibition invites visitors to look inside the rooms of nine buildings built here between 2009 and 2015, and to observe and enjoy the everyday life found inside. The rooms were designed by AP+E, A2, Clancy Moore, GKMP, Hall McKnight, Ryan Kennihan, Steve Larkin, TAKA, and Urban Agency, and are displayed on striking blue and bright pink shutter-boxes.