Irish Linen Centre, Lisburn

This museum occupies the 17th century Market House in the centre of Lisburn. This building has been linked by a glass atrium to a new modern interpretive centre, which tells the story of Irish Linen from 'flax to fabric'. The new 3-storey building has an in situ concrete frame rising from a fully tanked reinforced concrete basement.

Small steelwork sections at high level give a sense of lightness to the barrel and pitched roof structure. The building, with its imaginative and sympathetic linking to the old museum, has received many awards.