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The Winners of the 2015 Irish Architecture Awards

Published: Thursday, June 18, 2015

2015 Irish Architecture Awards Winners

The Winners of the 2015 Irish Architecture Awards

Dublin, 18th June 2015 - The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) announced the Restoration of St Mel’s Cathedral by Fitzgerald Kavanagh + Partners as the Winner of the Public Choice Award at the 2015 RIAI Irish Architecture Awards. St Mels Cathedral also won in two other categories, Conservation/Restoration and Universal Design; the project was also Highly Commended in the Research Category. There were 120 building projects entered for this year’s awards. The jury selected 17 Award Winners, 11 Highly Commended and 14 Commended Awards, which were all presented to the architects at a ceremony in Wood Quay, Dublin City Council offices.

The RIAI received over 10,500 votes for this years’ public choice award.  The winner, the Restoration of St Mel’s Cathedral, Fitzgerald Kavanagh + Partners won the majority of votes followed in second place by The Lake House designed by Aughey O’Flaherty Architects and coming in third place the dlr Lexicon designed by Carr Cotter & Naessens Architects. 

There has been great media coverage of the Irish Architecture Awards including the Irish Times.

The shortlist can be viewed on www.architectureawards.ie but voting is now closed.

The RIAI Annual Awards were supported this year by Gerflor flooring company.

2015 Category Winners

Winner of Public Choice Award -  Best Conservation/Restoration and Best Universal Design
Project: Restoration of St Mels Cathedral Longford
Architect: Fitzgerald Kavanagh + Partners

Caption: Restoration of St Mels Cathedral Longford, Fitzgerald Kavanagh + Partners

In 2nd place for the Public Choice Award
The Lake House
Architects: Aughey O'Flaherty Architects
Client: Private

In 3rd place
dlr Lexicon
Architects: Carr Cotter & Naessens Architects
Clients: Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council

Best Commercial/Retail

Project: Fire Restaurant and Lounge at the Mansion House
Architect: Seán Harrington Architects

Caption: Garden Front Fire Restaurant Photography Dennis Gilbert


30 Herbert Street 
Architects: Plus Architecture
Clients:  Irish Life

Best Conservation/Restoration

Winner: Restoration of St Mels Cathedral Longford
Architects: Fitzgerald Kavanagh + Partners
Clients: St Mel's Diocesan Trust, Bishop Francis Duffy, Bishop Emeritus Colm O'Reilly, Chairman Seamus Butler.

Blackrock Quartet
Architects: McCullough Mulvin Architects
Clients: Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Education and Training Board and Dun Laoghaire - Rathdown Libraries

Highly Commended
St Catherine's Meath Street, Post Fire Reinstatement & Re-ordering
Architects: Howley Hayes Architects
Client: Fr Niall Coghlan

Best Culture and Best Public Building
Project: dlr Lexicon
Architect: Carr Cotter & Naessens Architects

Caption: dlr Lexicon

Highly Commended
Dalkey Heritage Centre and Town Hall

Architects: Dun Laoghaire - Rathdown Architects Department
Clients: Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council

Best Educational Winners
Project 1: Athlone Community College
Architect: McGarry Ní Éanaigh Architects

Project 2: Model School Inchicore
Architect: Donaghy + Dimond  Architects

Caption Project 1: Buiding in Context Athlone by McGarry Ní Éanaigh Architects

Caption Project 2: New Model School Entrance Inchicore; by Donaghy + Dimond  Architects; Photography Ros Kavanagh

The Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture
Architects: Architectural Services, - The Office of Public Works
Clients: John Mulhern, Teagasc

Best Emerging Practice
Project: Theory in Practice
Architect: John McLaughlin Architects

Emerging Practice: Strand Architects

Emerging Practice: Praxis Architecture

Highly Commended
Emerging Practice: PG Architects

Best Health
Mater Misericordiae University Hospital
Architect: Scott Tallon Walker Architects

Best House
Project: Keeper House & Lodge
Architect: Scott Tallon Walker Architects

Caption: Exterior of Keeper House, Photography  Peter Cook

Highly Commended 
The Lake House
Architects: Aughey O'Flaherty Architects
Clients: Private

Highly Commended 
Alma Road
Architects: ODOS Architects
Clients: Conor Grealish

CK House
Architects: Praxis Architecture
Clients: Mark Connolly & Susan Kelly

Rose Garden House
Architects: Triona Stack Architects
Clients: Private

Best House Extension

Project: Gate Lodge
Architect: Donaghy + Dimond  Architects

Highly Commended
House on a Tight Site
Architects: Bone O'Donnell Architects
Clients: Jim & Marie Martin

Eaton Square
Architects Lucy Jones
Clients Emily Jones & Peter O’Brien

Architects: Garbhan Doran Architects
Clients: Mike & Helena Finegan

Best Housing
Project: Density in the Historic Suburbs - Two New Villas for Monkstown
Architect: Shaffrey Associates

Caption: South Elevation of Two New Villas for Monkstown; Photography Tom Fahy

Highly Commended
Liberty House
Architects: Paul Keogh Architects
Clients: Dublin City Council

House A & B Wellington Lane
Architects: Darmody Architecture
Clients: House A: John & Mary McEntagart, House B:Brian Walsh & Barry Doocey

Percy Lane Mews
Architects: ODOS Architects
Clients: Private

Best International
Project: University of Greenwich - Library and Academic Building
Architect: heneghan peng architects

Caption: View of Stockwell Street University of Greenwich Library Academic Building by heneghan peng architects, Photography  © Hufton+Crow

Best Leisure
Project: Merrion Cricket Pavilion
Architect: TAKA Architects

Caption : View from Pitch Merrion Criket Pavilion; Photography Alice Clancy

Highly Commended
The Haven, Killarney
Architects: Gottstein Architects
Client: Michael Spillane

Best Public Building

Winner: dlr Lexicon
Architects: Carr Cotter & Naessens Architects
Clients: Dun Laoghaire - Rathdown County Council

Highly Commended 
Doolin Coastguard Station
Architects: Dominic Stevens Architects with Dorman Architects
Clients: The Irish Coastguard (IRCG)

Best Public Space
Project: Kavanagh Country
Architect: Sheridan Woods Architects + Urban Planners

Caption: Sheridan Woods Kavanagh Country Sheridan Woods Rock Savage Herringbone Wall

Highly Commended
Pavilion of Light - Mardyke Gardens
Architects: Darmody Architecture
Clients: Cork City Council

Rosie Hackett Bridge
Architects: Seán Harrington Architects
Clients: Road Design and Construction Division, Dublin City Council

Best Research Project

Highly Commended
Replacement of Columns at St Mels Cathedral Longford
Architects: Fitzgerald Kavanagh + Partners, Punch Consulting Engineers and Carrig Historic Materials Specialists
Clients: Clients: St Mel's Diocesan Trust, Bishop Francis Duffy, Bishop Emeritus Colm O'Reilly, Chairman Seamus Butler.

Georgian Lab - Housing Crisis 2014
Architects: SAUL INTELLIGENCE UNIT (in collaboration with Bucholz McEvoy Architects, A2 Architects and Hassett Ducatez Architects)
Clients: Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

Best Sustainable
Project: Pharmacy and Apartment in Clonmel
Architect: The PassivHaus Architecture Company

Caption: Street-facade PassivHaus Pharmacy and Apartment, Photography  © Paul McNally

Best Universal Design Award

Winner: St Mels Cathedral Longford
Architects: Fitzgerald Kavanagh + Partners
Clients: St Mel's Diocesan Trust, Bishop Francis Duffy, Bishop Emeritus Colm O'Reilly, Chairman Seamus Butler.

Athlone Community College
Architects: McGarry Ní Éanaigh Architects
Clients: NDFA/BAM Building/Athlone Community College

Robin Mandal, President of the RIAI, commented, “We continue to see a very high standard of winner’s year on year. It is important that this architectural excellence is continually promoted to show the input that good architecture can have on our built landscape. Good architecture takes commitment and we can see the value of place making, driven by quality of life, community and health led agenda.

Ali Grehan, Chairperson of the Judging Panel, said, “The jury were pleased with the broad range of submissions that were received this year. It is gratifying to see that Irish architects are continuing to produce quality world class buildings and the level of public interest is still growing as we can see from the strong response to the Public Choice Award.”


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