Noel McCrumlish,The Model — Business Perspective
The Model is an old school building that was transformed into a contemporary arts centre in 1999/2000, and extended again in 2009. The area in which it is situated was intended to be part of a cultural redevelopment for Sligo city, which was to include the building of a new museum, an extension of The Model itself and a public Plaza to connect the two buildings. While the extension took place, the museum was never built, and The Model now sits alone next to a vacant building site. The Model buildings was re-orientated in the recent extension so that it housed the main entrance and reception, but without the Museum and Public Plaza the new entrance is awkward and unwelcoming.
4CNW Innovation Challenge
4CNW Talent awarded a voucher to allow The Model to work with an architectural designer; Gordon Ryan of Applied Sense. As a new supplier he was able to consider the building as a whole, giving consideration to the building orientation, visitor flow, signage, space usage and landscaping and how best they might work in harmony.
A new logo had been developed for the re-opening in 2009, and he also advised on commercial applications of that identity to gift ranges for sale in the shop. Applications are currently lodged with the local council for changes to use for internal and external space, with work being undertaken in early 2013 in preparation for the summer season.