• Monday , 25 March 2019

‘Anything but the Gothic style’ – RCPI announce student design competition

The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI) have announced a new design competition for students to mark the 150th anniversary of the opening of their Kildare Street building. The competition encourages architecture students from Irish institutions to reimagine a building today, on the same site, based on the same brief of 150 years ago.

One of the grand halls of the RCPI

 A grand hall of the RCPI

In 1860 the College was offered the premises of the Kildare Street Club for £5000 however, shortly after the sale had been arranged the building burnt down, allowing the College to commission the design of the new building, partly paid for by the insurance money. The College held a competition for the design of the building, requesting a two storey building with the rooms detailed in the specification in anything but the gothic style.

The competition is open to all architectural students attending college in Ireland, including those who will graduate with Part 2 qualifications in 2014.

Applications should be sent to Harriet Wheelock, Keeper of Collections, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, 6 Kildare Street, Dublin 2. The closing date for entries is 5.00pm on Monday 6 October 2014.

Entries will be viewed and assessed by a judging panel in early October, and will be displayed to the public from Monday 13 October 2014. The winner will be announced at an afternoon reception on Tuesday 14 October 2014.

The winner, as selected by the judging panel, will receive a prize of €350.

The brief is available for download here.

For more information please visit the RCPI page here.

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