"The idea of people coming together to express a shared identity is embodied in the word hall. It suggests a framed and roofed space close to the centre of a community. It is free and open to all those who share it. Often, halls are located in raised or bounded landform, creating irreducible mark of architecture: the separation of an inner world from an outer world. The ideal hall is built by people from their own resources. The act of construction is a ritual that binds a community to itself, the land and the cosmos. It becomes a receptacle of ancestral continuity and, therefore, of collective meaning. In our modern deracinated societies, this ideal form of the hall is distorted and changed, but it holds onto its fundamental attributes."
Presences, Níall McLaughlin Architects, a talk on 15 January 2019 at RIBA