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Cover of A & D Wejchert & Partners Architects new book featuring the Helix Performing Arts Centre, DCU, designed by the practice.

Major New Book on Architecture launched by A & D Wejchert & Partners Architects as well as a new Web-Site

Andrzej & Danuta Wejchert & Partners Architects launched their new book, A & D Wejchert & Partners celebrating over 40 years of key architectural projects in the Wintergarden, National Gallery, Merrion Square, Dublin 2, on Tuesday, 24th June, 2008. The launch of this significant book on architecture also coincided with the unveiling of their new, state of the art, web-site, www.wejchert.ie

The book features over 90 projects and buildings designed by the practice from 1960s to the present day, including the Administration Building, UCD, Naas General Hospital, Blanchardstown Centre, the Helix Performing Arts Centre, DCU and O'Rahilly Building, University College Cork. The book is liberally illustrated with photographs and drawings highlighting all theses projects and many more. The new website compliments the book and gives clients, staff and people seeking information, an easy to navigate site with up to the minute information on the practice.

Speaking at the launch of the book and web-site, Professor Cathal O Neill said,
"The success of the Wejcherts' work is unsurprising given their talent, hard work and good fortune. Since their first commission in 1964 they have designed 90 projects, almost all built to a consistently high standard, even when money was scarce. Their philosophy, or work method, as they may prefer to call it, is primarily focused on what generates a building - the client's needs, the site and their own inspiration, drawn, one imagines, from natural forms, geometry and the discipline of materials. "

Raymond Ryan added,
"Mathematics is central to the practice of Andrzej and Danuta Wejchert, whether addition - the assembly of elements - or subtraction - the erosion of pure volumetric form. Their work uses geometry pragmatically, to assist processes of construction, and symbolically, as a signal in its own right of loftier architectural ambition. If this co-existence of the rational and abstract Rationalism has a continental flavour, it may in part result from affinities between Polish and French cultures. Warsaw, for instance, is a city that has, at various stages, wanted to be more like Paris. Indeed, in its heyday inter-war period, Polish architecture evoked a belief and pleasure in geometry ranging from folkloric pattern (art nouveau or National Romanticism) to Constructivist planning."

Andrzej Wejchert founder and Chairman, A & D Wejchert & Partners said,
"The book is structured to reflect our work ethos, we study human activity and life before design. The book is therefore organised in chapters related to activities such as study, work, living. This subject sequence has more meaning to us than chronological order.

Why we decided to write the book? Some of our projects were not built, we enter a lot of competitions. I also realised with the passage of time, that some of the buildings we designed were extended or altered beyond recognition. This, of course, is life but I felt a need to record the incredible amount of energy, ideas and effort spent by all who participated in this creative process.

Looking back at all the projects and completed buildings, with my partners we feel an immense gratitude to all who contributed to the work described in our book:

  • to our clients - investors for their trust.
  • to the Engineers Consultants and Artists for their collaboration.
  • and to the builders, who transformed our dreams into reality for whom we have the deepest admiration.
  • to our staff over the years with whom we collaborated.

To all of you - we extend our profound thanks. It has been our privilege to work with you and we are looking forward to continuing this relationship in the future"

The book which is published by Gandon, is available in all good bookshops or direct from Gandon T: 021-4770830, E: gandon@eircom.net. It retails at 39.99.

The new web-site address is www.wejchert.ie

About the Practice
In 1964 Andrzej Wejchert commenced architectural practice in Ireland. It was established on the strength of the winning entry in the International Architectural Competition for the Master Plan for the new Campus and Arts, Administration and Aula Maxima Buildings for University College Dublin.

In 1974 with Danuta Kornaus-Wejchert he established the partnership of A & D Wejchert, Architects.

Over the years Paddy Fletcher, Martin Carey, Paul Roche, Helen Giblin, David Lanigan and Graham Dwyer became Partners and Hugh Maguire, Keith Meghan, Wade Sutton - Associates.

The practice is member of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland.

Further information
Andrzej Wejchert
A & D Wejchert and Partners Architects,
23 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2.
T: 01-6610321, E: mail@wejchert.ie W: www.wejchert.ie

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E: info@maryfitzgeraldpr.ie,
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