This is not a shelter. Candle Community by McGarry Ní Éanaigh Architects

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Project team
Siobhán Ní Éanaigh. Michael McGarry. Ronan McCann.
Quantity surveyor.- Austin Reddy and Company.  Structural engineering.- Barrett Mahony Consulting Engineers.  Environmental.- Proteus Consulting Engineers.
Total area.- 5,250 sqm. Usable floor area.- 740 sqm.
Beginning.- 2017. Completion.- January 2021.
Ballyfermot, Dublin, Ireland.

Michael McGarry. Siobhán Ní Éanaigh. McGarry Ní Éanaigh Architects

McGarry Ní Éanaigh Architects is a design-based award-winning experienced architectural practice established in 1985. Their practice provides a client-focused design service predicated on respect, honesty, creativity, and professionalism.

​They are passionate about design and how it can enhance human activity. They bring an understanding of how spaces and buildings are and might be used, based on over thirty years of experience in the design and the delivery of successful projects.

Their built work ranges from the bespoke fit out of a single office space to large education buildings, from furniture to pedestrian bridges, from living rooms to civic spaces. The quality of their work has been recognised in over 70 major national and international design excellence awards.

​They lead an inclusive design and project management process based on team endeavour involving a wide range of players from the client/end user, design team through to the building contractor and the wider community.

They carefully analyse client needs, producing design solutions that give spatial coherence to often complex situations involving competing criteria. They communicate effectively using a range of media appropriate to the situation. Physical models figure prominently in all of their projects.

​Michael McGarry and Siobhán Ní Éanaigh are the founding and managing partners / directors with responsibility for the overall design output and service content of the practice. Matt MacDonagh-Dumler is a director with particular expertise in project delivery, detail design, the law relating to construction, procurement, compliance, and contract.

Michael McGarry
Founding Director

Skilled and experienced architect and urban designer with over 40 years engagement in practice and academia in Ireland, the UK and Germany. Currently director in McGarry Ní Éanaigh Architects and Professor of Architecture at the School of Natural and Built Environment, Queen’s University Belfast. Experience includes involvement in some of the most significant buildings and urban developments of the twentieth century, eg Lloyds in London and master-planning for International Building Exhibition Berlin. Director of Group 91 Architects  (winners of the Temple Bar Framework Plan and the RTPI Abercrombie Gold Medal), and Urban Projects (winners of the RIAI Silver Medal for Housing).

Siobhán Ní Éanaigh
Founding Director

A skilled architect and design thinker with decades of professional experience in Ireland and mainland Europe including with the IBA Berlin’84/87. A founding partner/director of McGarry Ní Éanaigh Architects with strengths of high quality public sector architecture - the practice work being nominated for the 2010 OECD Compendium of Exemplary Educational Facilities, its design for Smithfield Public Space winning the inaugural joint CCCB European Prize for Urban Public Space, and in 2017 a UIA Medal for Coláiste Ailigh. A previous Board Member of An Chomhairle Éalaíon / The Arts Council of Ireland, she has been awarded an EU Research Fellowship and a PhD in Architecture and Design.



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