Student-led built project at Unit 17 Bartlett School of Architecture.
The building's concept originated from the natural phenomenon of a slight magnetic force being cerated via the red granite on MacDara Island. The design reflects this sense of compression and attraction by removing the stones of the original chapel, leaving a thin skeletal form of mortar joints. The 16th of July plays host to an annual mass where the local community congregate and sail to the Island where the ceremony is performed. However, due to an increase in adverse weather conditions, this pilgrimage across the water is sometimes impossible. When this occurs, the mass is held on the main land opposite the island on the back of a van.
Our structure will function as a replacement for this occasion, and act as a marker along the coast of St MacDara and his amazing Chapel. Within the Ghost Building, a Repository will be housed holding the religious items to perform the mass and scrolls of Tapestry which will be hung on the annual ceremony.
Malina was instrumental in delivering and managing the project from concept through to completion. The structure is now in the process of being transported to Galway to become part of Galway 2020 celebrations in Summer 2018.