Robin Walker [1924-1991] was one of the founding partners in Scott Tallon Walker, inspiring architects of mid 20th century modern Ireland. Having worked with Le Corbusier in the 1940’s and studied with Mies van der Rohe in the 1950’s, he went on to produce a remarkably original series of buildings from 1960 to 1977, as part of Scott Tallon Walker. His architecture resists classification based on international or high-modernist styles, preferring instead radical encounters with both unspoilt landscape and historic urban settings. Each building is therefore unique and unrepeatable – a fact acknowledged by the award of two RIAI Triennial Gold Medals over the course of his relatively short career.
For the first time, due to the increasing public demand to revisit the work of this brilliant architect, an exhibition of detailed scale models of his buildings will be launched at the Irish Architectural Archive on March 18th at 6pm. The models will be accompanied by the original black-and-white photographs taken by the world-renowned architectural photographer, John Donat, as well as a publication containing a selection of his essays and written research, illustrated by Walker’s drawings and three unbuilt projects for the artists Louis le Brocquy and Theo Bull.
The launch of the exhibition will coincide with the première of a feature-length documentary by Sé Merry Doyle titled “Talking to My Father”, based on an imaginary dialogue between Walker and his son Simon, also an architect, who traces his father’s journey from the high-point of his career to his eventual retreat from practice, following the demise of modernism in Ireland in the late 1970’s.
For more information, please visit: http://www.senseofplace.ie/