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Yeats Competition | Public Art Installation

Paul Cashin Architects 'PCA' is a creative RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) Chartered Architecture practice based in Winchester, Hampshire. PCA takes a design-led approach to the practise of contemporary architecture, believing that well thought and considered design is essential to the creation of successful architectural space.

The practice undertakes contemporary architectural design projects across residential, commercial and civic sectors of the construction industry. Currently having a number of live projects across Winchester, Hampshire and the South Coast including one-off new build houses, extensions and commercial business projects.

As a small practice, our strength lies in our inclusive and personal approach, working directly with clients, consultants, and contractors, encouraging the cross over between architecture and other areas of art and design.

We are in a consistent state of process, working through a range of media including physical and computer models, hand and computer drawings, sketching and conceptual diagrams, discussions and presentations.

Paul Cashin Architects was founded in 2012 by Paul Cashin. Paul studied Architecture at the Universities of Portsmouth and Vienna, graduating in 2011 with an RIBA Presidents Medal nomination. He has worked for numerous practices, including Design Engine Architects working on contemporary university, school, housing and one-off house projects between 2008 and 2012. Paul has also taught at the University of Portsmouth and was a member of the Project Office for the school. Paul started PCA in 2012 which has set up offices in Winchester in 2016.

Paul is an RIBA Chartered Architect registered with the ARB.


Yeats Competition | Innisfree, Ireland

Public Art Installation Competition Entry

Client: Competition  

Type: Commercial


Celebrating the 150th anniversary birthday of Nobel prize winning poet W B Yeats, we entered the competition to create an installation prefaced by his famous poem about Lake Innisfree.  The 12 line stanza reminisces of the poets desire to go to Island on the lake, and immerse himself in the Irish landscape.

Our proposal takes the notion of the island as part of a procession, which may start from an urban context, but ultimately arrives at the western shore of Innisfree.  Taking further inspiration from Simon Starlings’ Turner Prize winning ‘Shed-Boat-Shed’, we would manufacture a series of template’s, allowing visitors to lightly insert a walkway, stair, and even shelter for the route across the island.  

In line with the competition rules the installation must be temporary.  We therefore proposed to exhibit each plate with photos from the procession as part the continuing journey of the artefact.

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