THE MIL­LION DOL­LAR WALL

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - THE MEMING OF LIFE -

Work­ing with the OPW, Carl Krebs of Davis Brody Bond led the ar­chi­tec­tural team on the new Ir­ish Arts Cen­ter. The City of New York gave the land for one dol­lar, backed up by a $36.75mil­lion fund­ing agree­ment. The Ir­ish Gov­ern­ment has also con­trib­uted $8.3mil­lion dur­ing the project’s evo­lu­tion. One of the con­di­tions of the land dona­tion was that the façade of the orig­i­nal garage on the site was re­tained. “It’s the mil­lion dol­lar wall,” says Krebs with a rue­ful smile at the cost of build­ing around the ex­ist­ing struc­ture. Krebs, who also de­signed the Me­mo­rial Mu­seum at Ground Zero in Lower Man­hat­tan, is hugely sen­si­tive to the nu­ances of a site. “The one thing that was stronger than I had an­tic­i­pated,” he says, “was the no­tion of hos­pi­tal­ity and warmth, I don’t want to sound glib, but it’s so present in what the Ir­ish Arts Cen­ter is and does.”

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