Ireland in Europe
To celebrate its 400th anniversary, an ambitious programme of refurbishment was undertaken, including the development of site-wide interpretation.
The design approach has been informed by the manuscripts and printed books produced at Louvain, and incorporates a study of the famous Louvain typeface which was for centuries the standard Irish language font. Minimalist etched-glass installations, lit from within, carry text, images and interactive devices.
A trail of text and image winds through the building drawing attention to the historical fabric from the original foundation stone to the joiner’s marks in the wooden beams.
Displays are enriched through interventions commissioned from contemporary Irish artists which, responding to the resonances of the building and its history, extend the interpretation into the realm of the emotional and the intangible.
Heritage / Visitor Attraction
Scope of works