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Pálás cinema in Galway city wins World Architecture Award for Best Use of Colour

Published: Monday, December 03, 2018

Pálás cinema in Galway city.  Photographer Ed Reeve


Pálás cinema in Galway city has been awarded the Best Use of Colour Prize in Amsterdam at the World Architecture Awards this weekend. The Best Use of Colour Prize, supported by Eastman, went to Tom dePaor for the Pálás Cinema project in Galway Ireland. The cinema’s interior is illuminated during the day by elegant painted glass windows, and at night these artworks bring illumination and colour to the street outside. Judges lauded the project as a “beautiful building [which] reveals itself like a magic lantern”, adding that “colour is completely integrated and critical to the conceptual design and experience of the building.”

Pálás occupies the site of a former 1820s merchant’s house and designed by award-winning architect Tom dePaor. Pálás is a soaring, seven-storey monolith comprising of a three-screen independent cinema and ground floor restaurant and bar, Merrow. Set right in the heart of the atmospheric Latin Quarter, a stone’s throw from Spanish Arch and the banks of the Claddagh River. Pálás architect, Tom dePaor says " I am pleased that the building has won this award, from such an international field in such a prestigious festival. It was an honour to receive it from sir Peter Cook, chair of the jury on behalf of Lelia Doolan, who took part in the presentations and Element Pictures. It is great for Galway to have this acknowledgement of its magic lantern."

Founding member of the Solas board Lelia Doolan "This a very happy moment — to have Tom de Paor’s beautiful work recognised by an international jury of architects. They were captivated by his integration of light and colour in the building, and especially by the designs for the glorious windows, based on Pat Scott’s work and created by Tom and by Pat’s partner, Eric Pearce. Galway must be proud to have such a grand new civic place that is internationally recognised. As for us citizen volunteers in Solas Galway Picture Palace who had the idea and just kept going, it Is nice to share a medal after the marathon. "

On winning the award Pálás and Element “are delighted about the world architecture award for use of colour. We are pleased for Tom dePaor, the design team and Lelia Doolan along with all her colleagues on the recognition of their vision. This award is fantastic news for the city of Galway. "

About Element Cinemas
Element Pictures is headed by Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe, with offices in Dublin, Galway, Belfast and London operating across film and television production, distribution, and exhibition. Elements upcoming releases include THE FAVOURITE directed by Yorgos Lanthimos with Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz and Olivia Colman, THE LITTLE STRANGER directed by Lenny Abrahamson starting Domhnall Gleeson and Ruth Wilson and ROSIE directed by Paddy Breathnach written by Roddy Doyle. Recent films include Sebastián Lelio’s DISOBEDIENCE Yorgos Lanthimos' THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER and THE LOBSTER Lenny Abrahamson’s Oscar winning ROOM.

Element Cinemas run the Light House in Dublin and Pálás in Galway bringing audiences an eclectic mix of the best new Irish and international films along with classics, foreign language, animated films, shorts, documentaries, special events & festivals. Element Cinemas also operates an online video on demand platform, Volta.ie and the mobile cinema; Road House. Element Pictures Distribution handles StudioCanal’s slate in Ireland as well as direct acquisitions.

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