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Winner of Europan11 Annnounced by Minister Phil Hogan in RIAI

Published: Thursday, December 15, 2011

Irish Architects Poetically Re-imagine the Dublin Docklands

in Europan11 Competition

Dublin, 15 December 2011, Phil Hogan, TD, Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, has announced today the winner of the prestigious international Europan11 competition. Caroline O’Donnell, an Irish architect who lectures in Cornell University and editor of the Cornell Journal of Architecture (CJoA), has emerged as the winner and was awarded her prize by Minister Hogan in the RIAI headquarters.

Caroline’s scheme, Counterspace, was based on a site in the Dublin Docklands and praised as “rooted in an idea of layering public and private space across the depth of the site. Poetically imagined and drawn, its robust, rhythmic form-making is softened by vertical landscaping.  It is a bold, generous and compelling vision of a different urbanism, maybe even a different time.”

The runners-up were the young Irish RIAI architects Jane Larmour and Patrick Wheeler (pictured below). Their proposal ‘East Wall Lot’ was commended for its “confident use of building profile and silhouette, the making and rhythm of opes, the deployment of elements on the site and the calm formation of private and shared spaces constitutes design of a high order.”

Europan is a European architectural federation of national organisations, each of which organises and manages an architectural competition, followed by implementations launched simultaneously on a common theme and with common objectives. Europan offers a unique platform for young urban and architectural design professionals to develop their ideas and vision on series of vital questions about future of our built environment. The RIAI administrates the Irish participation in the Europan competition.  The sites proposed in each session reflect the types of contextual transformations that Europe's cities are confronted with today. The Irish site for Europan11 was in the Dublin Docklands, a new urban quarter which until a few years ago did not constitute part of the ‘mental map’ of the city.

The international Jury for the Europan11 competition included Aidan O’Connor (Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government); architects Eddie Conroy, Geeta Keena, Sheila O'Donnell, Seán Martin; Frank McDonald, Environment Editor, The Irish Times; David Prichard, Partner, Metropolitan Workshop, London UK; Annemiek Rijckenberg, Amsterdam Welstand, Amsterdam NL; and Marianne Skjulhaug, Bergen School of Architecture, Bergen, Norway. (Substitutes were architects David Power and Ronan Rose-Roberts).

About Europan11

THE SITE: Dublin - Ireland - Europan 11 GATEWAY TO THE DOCKLANDS

Until a decade ago Dublin Docklands did not for most citizens, constitute part of the ‘mental map’ of the city, despite the fact that it is located within ten minutes’ walk of the city centre. This isolation was in part due to extreme social and physical degeneration, which had befallen the area following the relocation eastwards of the port activities with the coming of containerisation. The Dublin Docklands Development Authority (DDDA) and Master Plan were launched 1997 and the development of the area has been guided since then by a series of Masterplans, most recent of which is the Dublin Docklands Area Masterplan 2008, which can be downloaded together with a range of other policy and guidance documents from www.dublindocklands.ie. There has been a total private and public investment to date of €5 billion and employment in the area has grown from 20,800 in 1997 to over 40,000 in 2009.


For more information on Europan11 contact Kathryn Meghen or Claudia Stokes O’Dwyer, E codwyer@riai.ie, in the RIAI, 8 Merrion Square, Dublin 2, T 01 676 1703, www.riai.ie

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