Thursday 29 September 2016

'We’ve lost touch with what makes a building good' - Dermot Bannon lays out the top 'crimes against architecture'

Published 21/05/2016 | 15:49

Ireland has Room to Improve when it comes to building the dream home, celebrity architect Dermot Bannon told at the country’s newest interior design event in Dublin today.

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Kitchen sinks overlooking the garden and the clichéd “good room” strictly reserved for guests were just two of the “crimes against architecture” cited by the RTÉ presenter at the packed-out House 2016 running at the RDS all this weekend.

house RDS, Photo: Douglas O'Connor. Architect Dermot Bannon.
house RDS, Photo: Douglas O'Connor. Architect Dermot Bannon.

He said: “What has happened in Ireland I think over the last years [is] we’ve kind of lost touch with what makes a building good.

“We’re all about the cushions and the sofas and the tiles and reinventing the house over and over again, and never really getting it right.

Putting the finishing touches to HOUSE - Ireland's New Interior Design Event which takes place at the RDS from Friday till Sunday .Pic Steve Humphreys
Putting the finishing touches to HOUSE - Ireland's New Interior Design Event which takes place at the RDS from Friday till Sunday .Pic Steve Humphreys
Putting the finishing touches to HOUSE - Ireland's New Interior Design Event which takes place at the RDS from Friday till Sunday .Pic Steve Humphreys
Arlene Regan Marketing and Promotions Manager at IN&M and Cliona Carroll Sponsorship Events Manager at IN&M at the Irish Independent Lounge at HOUSE - Ireland's New Interior Design Event which takes place at the RDS from Friday till Sunday. Pic Steve Humphreys
Putting the finishing touches to HOUSE - Ireland's New Interior Design Event which takes place at the RDS from Friday till Sunday was Artist Orla Barry from Dundalk Co Louth alongside an exhibiion of work by Artist Ann Flynn on left. Pic Steve Humphreys
Red Earth at HOUSE - Ireland's New Interior Design Event which takes place at the RDS from Friday till Sunday . Pic Steve Humphreys
Pollard Design in Howth at HOUSE - Ireland's New Interior Design Event which takes place at the RDS from Friday till Sunday . Pic Steve Humphreys
Putting the finishing touches to HOUSE - Ireland's New Interior Design Event which takes place at the RDS from Friday till Sunday was Aisling Kelly who is Interior Buyer and Stylist for 'The Orchard' in Cellbridge. Pic Steve Humphreys
The Irish Independent Lounge at HOUSE - Ireland's New Interior Design Event which takes place at the RDS from Friday till Sunday. Pic Steve Humphreys
Putting the finishing touches to HOUSE was Julianne Kelly from Donnybrook who is Managing Director of Kevin Kelly Interiors. Pic Steve Humphreys
Putting the finishing touches to HOUSE was Julianne Kelly from Donnybrook who is Managing Director of Kevin Kelly Interiors. Pic Steve Humphreys
Marie Cusack and Claire Kelleher from Trim at HOUSE 2016 Exibition RDS Main Hall. pic:Kyran O’Brien
General Pix HOUSE 2016 Exibition RDS Main Hall. pic:Kyran O’Brien
Marie Cusack and Claire Kelleher from Trim at HOUSE 2016 Exibition RDS Main Hall. pic:Kyran O’Brien
Annie Sloan (expert in Chalk Paint) speaking at HOUSE 2016 Exibition RDS Main Hall. pic:Kyran O’Brien
Annie Sloan (expert in Chalk Paint) speaking at HOUSE 2016 Exibition RDS Main Hall. pic:Kyran O’Brien
Annie Sloan (expert in Chalk Paint) speaking at HOUSE 2016 Exibition RDS Main Hall. pic:Kyran O’Brien
General pix HOUSE 2016 Exibition RDS Main Hall. pic:Kyran O’Brien
Annie Sloan (expert in Chalk Paint) speaking at HOUSE 2016 Exibition RDS Main Hall. pic:Kyran O’Brien
General pix HOUSE 2016 Exibition RDS Main Hall. pic:Kyran O’Brien

“We used to get it right - a hundred years ago in Ireland we built great houses.”

Thousands flocked to the Independent News and Media extravaganza to pick up some inspiration on designing the perfect pad.

Speaking at the Miele Inspiration Stage however, the Room to Improve host insisted you don’t have to have the bank balance of an A-lister for a show-stopping crib.

He said: “You don’t have to spend a fortune on things.

“If you’re designing it for yourself you can you use any material you want and you can piece them together in any way you want. It’s just confidence.

He added: “I think if you can get yourself dressed in the morning you can put together a house.

“With a bit of design and a bit of imagination you can turn anything into the house of our dreams.”

Homes 2016 continues at the RDS tomorrow with over 150 exhibitors from doors to floors and more.

Tickets are €10 at the door and under-12s go free when accompanied by an adult.

For more information and to purchase tickets to house 2016, visit here

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