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Niall McLaughlin International Rugby Experience

"Clearly gorgeous but how does it celebrate the game of rugby?" asks commenter

In this week's comments update, readers discussed Niall McLaughlin Architects' red-brick International Rugby Experience museum in Limerick, Ireland.

Stirling Prize-winning studio Niall McLaughlin Architects has completed a seven-storey museum in Limerick, Ireland, with vaulted ceilings and walls designed to "reflect the forces found in rugby".

The red brick International Rugby Experience was built as an attraction that celebrates the game of rugby and, while commenters love it, they're not sure about the thematic connections.

Niall McLaughlin brick building Limerick
Niall McLaughlin Architects creates red-brick beacon for International Rugby Experience in Ireland

"Clearly gorgeous, but how does it celebrate the game of rugby?"

Gytis Bickus thinks the project is "simply monumental!" Rob Rohena agreed, saying it "looks like a Louis Kahn wet dream. I love it."

"Certainly a tour de force in brickwork," commented Chris D.

However, JimmyV, while finding it "a beautiful and exquisitely detailed building," failed to grasp "how it celebrates rugby".

"There seems to be a disconnect between the building's aesthetic and the building's identity, use, and purpose," they continued.

Franc Lea echoed the thought, asking "clearly gorgeous, but how does it celebrate the game of rugby?"

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Interior of Shah Muhammad Mohshin Khan Mausoleum in Bangladesh by Sthapotik
Sthapotik tops Bangladesh mausoleum with "chandelier" of skylights

"Wonderful in so many ways"

Another brick project which commenters were pretty unanimous in their praise of last week was this Bangladeshi mausoleum by architecture studio Sthapotik, designed as a shrine to house the graves of a religious leader's family.

"Wonderful in so many ways," said Kevin McGrath. Others concurred: "such a beautiful piece of architecture," commented MKE Tom.

Rado Iliev thought it was "perfect" and JZ called it "tremendous".

Only Marius sounded a note of concern when they commented "seeing the quality of surrounding buildings one may question a balance between the house for the living and the one for the dead".

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Grimshaw Sydney office skyscraper
Grimshaw unveils "sculptural" Sydney office skyscraper

"Reminds me of 1970s skyscrapers from NYC"

Grimshaw has completed the 27-storey Poly Centre office skyscraper in downtown Sydney, which is fronted by a series of arched cantilevers the studio call "sculptural in form". Readers debated the project.

"Finally a beautiful new skyscraper that doesn't look like boxes, or has trees on it from BIG. This reminds me of the 1970s skyscrapers from NYC. Very good work," said Poopie Caca

"Beautiful! Nice work, Grimshaw!" commented Michael Banak. And Jb agreed, calling the project "pretty good".

William Ford found themselves somewhere in the middle, saying "I agree that it looks like it's from the 1970s. Don't agree that it's beautiful!"

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Bedroom with an L-shaped sofa and large opening leading to an outdoor courtyard
Design Ni Dukaan wraps "citadel-like" house in curved concrete wall

"Simultaneously lavish and restrained"

Multidisciplinary studio Design ni Dukaan has completed a house for entertaining guests in Gujarat, India, with board-formed concrete exterior walls that wrap the home and define internal courtyard spaces. Commenters were in awe of the rare project.

Christian Epps called it "simultaneously lavish and restrained".

"The Corb is strong in this one," said Kieran – alluding to the perceived influence of modernist architect Le Corbusier.

Heywood Floyd was appreciative of the "very nice ambiguous threshold between interior and exterior."

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Comments update

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