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No. 26 York Street, Royal College of Surgeons Voted Ireland’s Favourite Building

Published: Friday, June 08, 2018

No. 26 York Street, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland - RIAI Public Choice Award Winner 2018

Dublin, June 8 2018: The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) has announced No. 26 York Street, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland as the winner of the Public Choice category at the RIAI Irish Architecture Awards 2018.  The new medical education building on the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland campus in Dublin, which was designed by Henry J Lyons, fought off tough competition from a shortlist of 32 projects across Ireland to claim the top prize, receiving 22% of the 10,000 plus votes cast.  It’s the second Public Choice win for Henry J Lyons and architect Peter McGovern, who also took the prestigious prize in 2010 for the new Criminal Courts of Justice.

The ten-storey, 10,000m2 building incorporates four basement levels to negotiate planning height restrictions in Dublin’s historic city centre.  The brief demanded a complex programme of spaces on a compact urban site, including technically advanced simulated environments for clinical and surgical training, a new library, auditorium and sports facility. This state-of-the-art facility provides medical students, surgical trainees and staff with modern cutting-edge facilities that promote the development of the RCSI community at the heart of the city. The design supports the diverse demands of healthcare education while also encouraging social interaction.

David Browne, RIAI President said: “The winning project demonstrates the importance of investing in our educational sector and architects’ ability to deliver outstanding buildings in complex urban settings. This is the 10th year that members of the public have had an opportunity to vote on their favourite architectural project and the high number of votes cast demonstrates how passionate we as a nation are about the environments in which we live, work and relax. The shortlist was made up of exceptional projects including residential homes, commercial spaces, schools, healthcare facilities, heritage locations and public spaces and it’s encouraging that Irish people recognise the value that Irish architects add to all aspects of the built environment, supporting Ireland’s educational, economic and social infrastructure.

New School In Town - Scoil Phádraig  by SJK Architects - Second Place - RIAI Public Choice Award 2018

In second place was Scoil Phádraig, a primary school in Westport, Co. Mayo designed by SJK Architects.  The design of the 16-classroom, 2,400m2 building respects its location alongside a church and creates a new public space and link to a pedestrian and cycle greenway. Each of the 16 classrooms is a distinctive colour, while coloured window frames relate to the stained glass windows in the church. Coloured paving leads children from town street to school entrance and coloured ceiling panels guide them along the circulation to their coloured classrooms. A tiered amphitheatre provides a playful outdoor classroom.

One Microsoft Place - RKD Architects - Third Prize - RIAI Public Choice Award 2018 

Third prize went to One Microsoft Place, the tech giant’s Dublin campus in Leopardstown, designed by RKD Architects.  The design sought to unify the company’s diverse workforce both socially and collaboratively within one place, while also reflecting the capital’s intimate neighbourhoods, within the broad scale of its mountains, peaks and valleys. A piece of sculptural architecture in a mountain shape creates spaces to exchange ideas while also reflecting the picturesque setting near the Dublin Mountains. The project above all delivers the complex technical and operational needs of fourth generation environments.

The RIAI Irish Architecture Awards are the most prestigious awards of their kind in Ireland.  They celebrate the quality of current work by RIAI Members at home and abroad and create awareness of the important role that architecture plays in delivering Ireland’s societal and economic infrastructure.

The full list of RIAI Irish Architecture Awards winners will be announced this evening at an awards dinner at the Mansion House, Dublin.  The event is sponsored by Gerflor.

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Note to Editors:

The Jury for the RIAI Irish Architecture Awards 2018 are:
Chair: Michael McGarry, FRIAI, Queen’s University Belfast; McGarry Ní Éanaigh Architects
Juror: Stephen Foley, MRIAI, Stephen Foley Architects; CCAE School of Architecture
Juror: Emma Geoghegan, MRIAI, meme Architects; School of Architecture, DIT Bolton Street
Juror: Jeana Gearty, MRIAI, Director O’Donnell + Tuomey
Juror: Klaus Unger, FRIAI

Main Sponsor: Gerflor

The RIAI Irish Architecture Awards 2018 include the following Award categories:
1. Commercial / Workplace - Kindly Supported by Lisney
2. Conservation/ Restoration - Kindly Supported by Kingscourt Brick of Kingscourt Country Manor Bricks
3. Culture or Public Building - Kindly Supported by Kilsaran International
4. Education - Kindly Supported by Kingspan
5. Fit-Out - Kindly Supported by Walls to Workstations (W2W)
6. Health - Kindly Supported by Soprema
7. House - Kindly Supported by Miele
8. House Extension - Kindly Supported by Daikin
9. Housing - Kindly Supported by Vandersanden Bricks of Kingscourt Country Manor Bricks
10. International - Kindly Supported by Enterprise Ireland
11. Public Space - Kindly Supported by Dulux
12. The Future Award in association with Architecture Ireland, the RIAI Journal
13. Sustainability - Kindly Supported by Tegral Building Products
14. Universal Design - Kindly Supported by CEUD

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