• Sunday , 8 December 2019

International Concrete Design Competition 2015/2016 Winners announced


The successful students were chosen by the Irish Jury of;  Tom de Paor, Kieran McGonigle, Eoghan O’Shea and Nathalie Weadick. The winners will share the €3,000 prize fund and receive invitations to attend an International Masterclass on Concrete Design in Berlin in September 2016.

The Jury were impressed by the overall standard of work presented by the students and by the imagination they displayed in exploring the competition theme of Metamorphosis.  The jury session was held in the Council Room of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) and following their deliberations the Jury selected the following winners;

Winner – Jonathan Salin, University of Limerick

Joint Second Place Ana Margarida Figueiredo Pais, University of Limerick

Joint Second Place Adam Boardman, University of Limerick

Third Place – Aoife Flynn and Polina Mullar, Dublin Institute of Technology

Commenting onthe theme of this cycle of the Concrete Design Competition Jury Chairman Tom de Paor said, ‘the theme of metamorphosis goes to the essence of our most local of materials and the transformative power of architecture. Formal, chemical, technical and temporal change was explored across the submissions, the best with an eye for the metaphysical’.

Winner – Jonathan Salin

The jury’s favourite project operated on all of these levels and across the scales from the glass of water to the watertower, a familiar type in our landscapes and fusion of material with form. The project offers that they grow together – the very origin of the word concrete – asking circular questions of permanence. An extended conceit.

Joint Second Place Ana Margarida Figueiredo Pais

An interaction with an existing stone ruin within Raheen Graveyard in Limerick, this joint second placed entry employs identically dimensioned pre-cast concrete blocks, elementally placed like a children’s oversized toy, but arranged to create a spatially rich structure for reflection and worship. The form at first appears entirely variable in its modular arrangement but reveals a permanence through the use of poured bronze connection pins and straps, one of the projects direct references to the construction techniques used in the Parthenon and the Temple of Zeus.

The jury felt that this was a simple yet persuasive and articulate project, imbued with a poetic translation of ancient methodology and technique, thoughtfully developed through modelling, and beautifully presented and explained.

 Joint Second Place Adam Boardman

This project realises some of the ever-changing possibilities opened up through the process of building. The dependency of heavy, permanent, concrete forms on lightweight and temporary formwork transforms into a spatial opportunity: an invitation for exploring transient landscapes of the unfinished.

The project impressed with its sculpted permanent formality, skilfully and evocatively represented, and cut through by a juxtaposition with its disposable “childhood” of playful and organic formwork-forms. The project struck the jury as a reminder that building exists in time, and not at a moment of stasis between unmade and made.

Third Place – Aoife Flynn and Polina Mullar

This project represents an experiment, using a strict methodology, the team carried out a procedure to verify, refute or validate a hypothesis. The purpose of the action was to investigate a phenomenon. Namely, the reaction of concrete, timber and fire. The objective was to set up the conditions to analyse the level of metamorphosis that would occur if you combine those three elements and then to arrive at certain conclusions.

The Jury were struck by the detailed analysis and sheer commitment to the experiment. The time invested in trying to understand a material such as concrete and how it reacts under certain conditions was notable. The process and objectives responded well to the theme of the award. While the action was measured and systematic, as a homage to concrete, the concluding discovery and time employed made it feel performative.


The Concrete Design Competition is held every 2 years and is open to students of architecture and design related disciplines. The competition aims to promote innovative design attitudes related to the use of concrete as a material and a technology. Each competition cycle is framed by a theme exploring a specific property of concrete. For further details on the competition please see www.concretedesigncompetition.com.

 The competition is funded in Ireland by Cement Manufacturers Ireland.

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