first_imgA young Dutch designer has won a major architecture award for her design based around the Old Church of Dunlewey.Andrea Roelofse visited Donegal and completely fell in love with its landscape, people and culture.As a Dutch interior architecture student she needed to find a church to make a redevelopment plan for her graduation project. “Being so in love with Donegal I chose the Old Church of Dunlewey. In the design process I struggled a long time in deciding what to do with the church since it’s already so perfect as it is.“It felt like everything I added to the church would ruin this perfection and so I decided to leave it empty and analyse what made the void and the experience it creates when you stand inside it, so strong.“These strengths and the quality of emptiness I’ve translated in a concept and designed several small pavilions in the surrounding landscape to emphasise the pure elements of the Irish landscape with minimalistic interventions.”But her passion and dedication won her the Dutch Association of Interior Architecture award with the project. She also came second at the International Design Awards category ‘Student – Architecture Conceptual’ last May.“I thought it might be even nicer to tell the people of Donegal about this project and how lucky they are to live in this amazing landscape,” she added.Explanation of the project:“The Old Church of Dunlewey is a small white marble ruin which sits by a lake, at the foot of a mountain in beautiful pristine Irish countryside. From the assignment to make a redevelopment plan for a vacant church in Europe, this was the perfect location for my project. After a long journey through the Irish hills, I got overwhelmed with the serenity and natural beauty when I first got there. The geometric shapes of the church created a strong contrast which emphasised the organic shapes and pure colours of its surrounding landscape. Standing in the ruin, this experience got strengthened by the void and openness of the now abandoned church. The open roof, windows and entrance gave nature a visual framing and accentuated parts of this picturesque landscape, a ‘passe partout’. This impressive image is something I wanted to cherish and so it became the base of my concept. “This experience of contrast and framing will recur in multiple places throughout the landscape with minimalistic architectural interventions, emphasising the elements: earth, water and air. When we walk through nature we are surrounded with a constant amount of impressions of the beauty and serenity of the landscape. The empty minimalistic spaces create a certain distance between the landscape and the viewer to emphasise only one element. This focus creates a stronger experience and a new perception on the elements.“Artists in residence can stay in the park for a period of three months, to create work and ultimately exhibit it in one of the spaces. Bathroom, kitchen, toilet and other facilities are incorporated behind the walls. The space can be transformed back into an empty, white (exhibition) room after the artists departure. Like this work which is inspired by, for example, the water element can also be exhibited in the room which emphasizes the experience of water.” FOR MORE ON THIS PROJECT SEE: www.andrearoelofse.nlDUTCH DESIGNER WINS MAJOR AWARD FOR DUNLEWEY CHURCH PROJECT was last modified: October 9th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:architecturedonegalDunlewey Churchwww.andrearoelofse.nllast_img read more