Museum at Mellifont Abbey

Tullyallen, Co. Louth

McGarry Ní Éanaigh Architects

This brief (including guides facilities) is housed in a derelict two storey terrace house now renovated as a single museum volume displaying the many worked stone fragments of this historically significant first Cistercian monastery in the country.The plain sheet steel display is positioned diagonally in the space thus determining the visitors route from ticket desk around the exhibition past the newly cut gable window with a view towards the famous lavabo out to the newly formed south facing courtyard and from there to the ancient abbey ruins.The extension, a cedar box overhanging the newly formed stone plinth cranks in response to the existing historic ash tree thus forming the museum entrance.The cedar box’s corner window allows the guides from their first floor perch to overlook the carpark and see the arriving tour buses.

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