Tuesday 11 December 2018

Murtagh seeks architecture building kit funding

Damien Murtagh
Damien Murtagh
Gavin McLoughlin

Gavin McLoughlin

Damien Murtagh, an architect and brother of Kingspan chief executive Gene Murtagh, has launched a Kickstarter funding campaign for his architectural model building kit.

Arckit was first launched in 2014 by Murtagh as "a revolutionary alternative to the traditional architects' model".

It enables people to build models using blocks that slot together in a manner similar to Lego.

Murtagh, pictured, said the product is designed to be of use to architects and enthusiasts alike, as a "valuable, practical tool".

Funds raised will be used to pay for the development of new products, Murtagh said. As part of the campaign it is releasing a new set that allows users to build models of cities. Previous versions were designed for buildings.

The project has been backed by private investors and Enterprise Ireland, and is stocked in retailers and museums including Brown Thomas, Harrod's and the Smithsonian and Guggenheim museums in New York.

The product is also used in schools and Murtagh is keen to see more pupils get their hands on the product.

"I want to get the word out there to the Irish education system that Arckit exists. We want to open up architecture to everyone and change the way people think about their built environments," Murtagh said.

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