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From the Ground Up: Timber innovation in Irish architecture


A touring exhibition showcasing the use of wood in Irish architecture, co-produced by the IAF and the Irish Embassies in the Baltic States

The Irish Embassies in the Baltic States of Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia are partnering with the Irish Architecture Foundation to co-produce a touring exhibition that showcases the use of wood in Irish architecture. Called From the Ground Up, the exhibition features 16 projects by Irish architecture firms and/or using Irish wood and is designed to drive awareness of Ireland’s architectural strengths and to promote further collaboration between Irish and Baltic architects in a post-pandemic environment.

From the Ground Up features (in alphabetical order)

Having opened at Riga Technical University’s Faculty of Architecture in May, From the Ground Up will go on tour to Vilnius, Tallinn, and additional locations to be confirmed.

In Estonia, the exhibition builds in particular on existing relationships between the IAF, Estonian Association of Architects, Estonian Centre for Architecture, and the Irish and Estonian curators and architects in the There is a forest in my backyard exhibition, which ran at the Solstice Arts Centre, Navan, from January to March 2022 and will feature in the Tallinn Architecture Biennale in September. From the Ground Up will strengthen and extend this collaborative network and further showcase Ireland and Irish architecture to a wide and diverse audience across the Baltic States.

From the Ground Up forms part of the three Baltic Embassies’ broader architectural outreach programme, which includes a variety of in-person and online events to harness local and regional capabilities and resources. We are delighted to be partnering with the Embassies to showcase world-class Irish architecture and architects working with wood and to help tend the seeds and saplings of future collaboration.


Photo: From the Ground Up opening at Riga Technical University. By Andra Marta Babre, courtesy of the Department of Foreign Affairs.