Location – Strokestown, Ireland
Status – On Site
Value – €3.7m
Strokestown Park was the family seat of the Mahon family from 1653 until 1981. It is infamous due to the events of 1847, when Denis Mahon was the first landlord to be assassinated during the Famine period, which had repercussions as far as the Vatican, Rome and The British Parliament, London. In 1979 Strokestown Park was purchased by Jim Callery and a chance discovery of boxes containing documents from the famine period secured
the fate of the house and estate.
This project will provide a new visitor’s centre incorporating a new visitor’s entrance, cafe, events centre, external landscape and a new interpretation fitout of the National Famine Museum located in the south courtyard.
The materiality and external appearance of the new main entrance and the two extensions are consistent throughout and are conceived as simple, contemporary, faceted objects, with glazed apertures. The simplicity of the new interventions will sit harmoniously with the beautiful courtyard buildings.
All authentic elements of the existing buildings will be preserved.