• Friday , 6 December 2019

Winners Announced! – RIAI Awards 2014

The winners of the RIAI awards were recently announced at the Wood Quay Venue, DCC Offices, on Tuesday 24th Jun. Speaking at the event was RIAI President Robin Mandall, Minister for Education & Skills Ruari Quinn, and Director of the RIAI John Graby. In addition to the presentation of awards, Minister Quinn announced his third architectural competition during his time in office. Further details on this will follow soon.


Best Commercial Building


Clissmann Horse Caravan Base
Architects: GKMP Architects
Clients: Clissmann Horse Caravans

Pop Up Bar Lime Tree Theatre
Architects: Hugh Kelly Architects
Clients: Mary Immaculate College

Restaurant Dame Court
Architects: DTA Architects
Clients: Honest To Goodness

The Restaurant at Brown Thomas
Architects: CAST Architecture
Clients: Brown Thomas Dublin

WINNER: Clerys Department Store
ARCHITECTS: Jennings Design Studio
CLIENT: Clerys Department Store

This is a magical project which succeeds in reviving the existing spaces, brings their potential back to life and captures their grandeur without the slightest hint of pastiche. Contemporary interventions are introduced with great care and superb judgement. Important elements such as the grand staircase are given deserved prominence, reminding us of the once glamorous world of department store shopping. The rehabilitation of this great Dublin institute is a real credit to the owners, following the recent disastrous flooding event. Following the makeover the “old lady’ of O’Connell Street is rejuvenated and suitably fit for the new century. All Ireland wishes her well.


Best Conservation/Restoration Building Award


An Smachtlann
Architects: PLM, Architects
Clients: Remus Brett and Kirstin Knell

Architects: Lawrence and Long Architects
Clients: Confidential

WINNER: Russborough West Wing Refurbishment and Post Fire Reinstatement
ARCHITECT: Howley Hayes Architects
CLIENT: The Alfred Beit Foundation

A scholarly restoration and repair of one of our greatest Palladian houses. Built between 1741 and 1750 by Richard Cassels and in current use as a visitor centre containing one of Europe’s great art collections a substantial part of the building was recently severely damaged by fire. The restoration works have been executed meticulously and sensitively to create a spectacular finished product; an exemplar in this category.


Best Cultural Building


National Film School
Architects: ABK Architects
Clients: IADT Dun Laoghaire

WINNER: Airfield Evolution
ARCHITECT: Solearth Architecture ltd

This project embraces the challenge of uplifting and extending the experience of Airfield, while maintaining the essence of its charm, that of a much loved city escape. The result is a tremendously popular public facility. Working with a distinct identity and culture, this was achieved by overlaying master planning, architectural and sustainable design skills
throughout. Considered design interventions such as the new entrance and cafe pavilion, a renewed house and separate teaching and event space have served to establish a much needed clarity of purpose.


Best Educational Building Award


Our Lady’s Nursery
Architects: Seán Harrington Architects
Clients: Our Lady’s Nursery, Sillogue

~ Highly Commended ~

A School in Connemara
Architects: Simon J Kelly + Partners Architects
Clients: Board of Management Oughterard National School

~ Highly Commended ~

Three Classroom Extension
Architects: A2 Architects
Clients: Gorey Community School

WINNER: Coláiste Ailigh
ARCHITECTS: McGarry Ní Éanaigh Architects
CLIENT: NDFA Bam Building – Coláiste Ailigh

An extremely powerful building in an exceptionally strong category, Coláiste Ailigh’s architecture is ambitious and singular in its poetic response to sky and landscape context, creating a memorable image. Internal circulation and activities organisation are admirably clear. The sculptural roofscape topography of light wells combines with shades of Paul Henry colouring to provide a new visual vibrancy for the rural school challenging our perceived notions of what this building can be in a spectacular landscape context.


Best Emerging Practice assessed by Architecture Ireland Jury

The results in this Category in reverse order are:

~Commended ~

Caroilín Liston Architects

~ Highly Commended ~

Architects Architectural Farm


WINNER: Robert Bourke Architects

Robert Bourke Architects stands out as a clear winner in the Emerging Architecture Award 2014. His practice displays a breath of work encompassing built projects, educational programmes and public engagements. The overlap in these investigations is to be admired and points towards a strong ability to think conceptually and act practically.


Best Health Building

~Commended ~

Farnogue Residential Care Centre
Architects: Coady Partnership Architects
Clients: Health Service Executive

Paediatric Cystic Fibrosis Outpatients
Architects: Anello Architects
Clients: Cystic Fibrosis Association of Ireland (CFAI)

~ Highly Commended ~

Ballyfermot & Palmerstown Primary Care & Mental Health Centre
Architects: A&D Wejchert & Ptnrs
Clients: Health Service Executive


Best House


Private Residence at Meanus
Architects: PLM, Architects
Clients: Paudie & Mary Frances Moriarty

~ Highly Commended ~

Leagaun House
Architects: Ryan W. Kennihan Architects
Clients: Mary Enright

Open House
Architects: John McLaughlin Architects
Clients: Anne McLaughlin

WINNER: The Cow House
ARCHITECT: Michael Kelly & Dan Costelloe Architects
CLIENT: June Blake

A crisp and effective two story insert within the existing walls of a ruined 19th century farm building the project provides open and uncluttered domestic spaces of great charm. The free standing timber post and beam structural system provides a robust framework which allows for rich and innovative thinking throughout the planning organisation and the project’s sophisticated detail design development. Noteworthy are its beautiful roof lanterns and the clever use of interstitial space between old and new.

Best House Extension

~Commended ~

Brick Addition
Architects: John Monahan Architect
Clients: Robert & Anna Boyle

Extension in Blackpitts
Architects: Architectural Farm
Clients: Scott Fairweather & Emer O’Clery

Extension to a Protected Structure
Architects: Gottstein Architects
Clients: Alison Corr & Neil Pickard

Seven Square Metres
Architects: GKMP Architects
Clients: Tabitha Wood and Robert MacNicholas

~ Highly Commended ~

Harold’s Cross Road Extension
Architects: Ryan W. Kennihan Architects
Clients: Lisajane Duffy and Adrian Fitz-simon

Presenting a United Front
Architects: Leyden Hassett & Associates
Clients: Nicholas & Helen Morrogh

Terra-cotta House
Architects GKMP Architects
Clients: Rachel Nally and Andrew Westbrook

WINNER: Farmhouse Extension
ARCHITECT: Studio Red Architects
CLIENT: Private

This is a refreshing addition to a rural dwelling carried through with both supreme confidence and modest elegance in form, structure and sensitive choice of materials. It succeeds in avoiding previous stereotypes associated with the genre; such as the rural Irish vernacular or the white cube. It responds sensitively to site and context and in a series of well-chosen design innovations manages to complement the existing while simultaneously reading alone as a delightful and simple building


Best Housing (more than 1 unit) Award

WINNER: Southill Older Persons Accommodation
CLIENT: Limerick City Council

This residential project, is the first phase in what is intended to be the redevelopment of the Southill area of Limerick city. It consists of 3,400 M of fully accessible apartment units for the elderly together with appropriate community facilities. Inside to outside relations are carefully considered. Internal spaces are organised in carefully modelled plan configuration around a shared landscaped communal garden.


Best International Building

~Commended ~

Headquarters Building, Kingston, Jamaica
Architects: de Blacam and Meagher Architects
Clients: Digicel

~ Highly Commended ~

Kal Waves, Copenhagen Harbour, Denmark
Architects: Andrew Griffin Architect in association with Urban Agency, JDS Architects, Sloth Moller and Klar
Clients: Copenhagen Municipality

Pulp Press, Kistefos Museum, Norway
Architects: A2 Architects in collaboration with John Gerrard Artist
Clients: Kistefos Museum

WINNER: Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, London School of Economics
ARCHITECT: O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects
CLIENT: LSE Estates Division

Inspired rather than restricted by the constraints of situation at the convergence of narrow urban streets this highly crafted building emerges triumphantly in a symphony of faceted planes, sensuous textures and warm colour. Internal spatial continuity is achieved vertically and horizontally in a seamless connectivity, linking a diverse variety of student activities. Daylight penetration and visual connectivity with the outer world of the city are maximised via the folding planes of glazing and detail of brickwork cleverly perforated to achieve a degree of transparency without compromising the simplicity of form. A tour de force.



Best Leisure Building Award

~Highly Commended ~

Sandycove Lifeguard Hut and Changing Shelter
Architects: Dún Laoghaire – Rathdown Architects Department
Clients: Dún Laoghaire – Rathdown County Council

National Diving Training Centre
Architects Morgan Flynn Architect
Clients National Sports Campus Development Authority


Best Public Building

~Highly Commended ~

Adaptive Reuse: Deansgrange Public Library
Architects: Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Architects Department
Clients: Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council

WINNER: Waterford Medieval Museum
ARCHITECTS: Waterford City Architects – Rupert Maddock, Bartosz Rojowski, Agnieszka Zipper-Rojowska
CLIENT: Failte Ireland, Waterford City Council

A beautifully crafted building on a historically sensitive site this project draws on lessons from history in its materiality. Contextually it improves the urban realm and pays homage to the surrounding Georgian architecture of Waterford’s John Roberts. Confronting contextual challenges its sculptural facade becomes a unifying element behind which one becomes aware of the layering of history through the echoing arrangement of gallery space crafted in board marked concrete and timber which link the medieval undercroft with the light filled courtyard.


Best Public Space/Urban Design

~Commended ~

The Stamping Building EU Conference Centre & Forecourt
Architects: OPW Architectural Services
Clients: OPW

Waterford Viking Triangle
Architects: GKMP Architects
Clients: Waterford City Council

~Highly Commended ~

Clonakilty 400, Urban Design Masterplan, Co Cork
Architects: Giulia Vallone, Cork County Council, Architects Department
Clients: Clonakilty Town Council

WINNER: Granby Park

ARCHITECTS: A2 Architects + Sean Harrington Architects

CLIENTS: Upstart + Dublin City Council

A transformative pop-up park achieved by the fulfilment of an ambitious process of collective creativity. From artists,architects, schoolchildren, horticulturists, cooks, musicians, and more this community based project brought forward, through a remarkable volunteering spirit, the potential of everyday vacant city spaces alive and inventive, the park embraces resourceful design; polytunnels for shelter and a winding amphitheatre constructed from industrial timber pallets featured. A significant element of the project is that, although temporary, it was designed as a template for other communities and their spaces.


Best Sustainable Building

~Highly Commended ~

Leitrim Innovation and Growth Centre, Carrick – On – Shannon
Architects: Frank Cooney Architect
Clients: Leitrim County Enterprise Fund

WINNER: Airfield Evolution

ARCHITECTS: Solearth Architecture ltd

CLIENTS: Airfield Trust

The client brief for the project called for “the conservation of resources through sustainable and energy efficient design based on passive measures”. The Architects have responded to the brief in an elegant and restrained manner adopting a holistic approach to the integration of the new buildings with old and an on-site water cycle into the landscaping. The siting of the new buildings, their form, the selection and appropriate detailing of environmentally-benign materials take precedence. The pavillion-type buildings eliminate most issues associated with lighting, cooling & ventilation (which would otherwise require the reverse engineering of plant and equipment if neglected). The overall approach is calm & well-considered. The project is a good example of how a shared focus on sustainability, from briefing throughout the design process, leads to success.


Best Universal Design Award – sponsored by the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design at the National Disability Authority

~Commended ~

Coláiste Ailigh
Architects: McGarry Ní Éanaigh Architects
Clients: NDFA Bam Building – Coláiste Ailigh

Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, London School of Economics
Architects: O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects
Clients: LSE Estates Division

WINNER: Adaption and Extension

ARCHITECTS: Justin O’Callaghan

CLIENT: Siobhan and Christopher Smith

This project illustrates a comprehensive and holistic understanding of what Universal Design really is. The project brief for the home was to adapt and extend an existing house to meet the needs of a growing family, as well as meeting the needs of caring for a disabled member of the family. It benefited from the collaboration of the client, architect, builder and medical advisers. The layout encourages close interaction between family members while at the same time allowing for personal space. There was clear attention paid to detail throughout the design and construction process.
The carefully selected internal finishes, materials and colours are sensitively used to create warm and welcoming spaces throughout the home with excellent use of natural light and views to the garden areas. As a family home it is a delight to live in and has greatly improved the quality of life for the whole family; it exemplifies the aspirations of universal design and should be an inspiration to others who are contemplating similar projects.


Assessors Award

University of Limerick Medical School, Student Housing, Pergola and Piazza.
Architects: Grafton Architects
Clients: University of Limerick, Plassey Campus Developments

The project incorporates a group of four new buildings clustered, in combination with existing buildings on the site to form a new public space or piazza. The uses include a School for Medicine and residences for students. The buildings, in limestone and brick, are heavily modelled facing onto the piazza in response to the sun, wind and circulation patterns to provide sheltered social spaces for students. The individual buildings are skilfully crafted and have sufficient levels of toughness and integrity to provide an evocative sense of place in this rural location

Public Choice Award
the result from online voting, of all 48 buildings in the shortlist, as announced on Morning Ireland RTE Radio 1 this morning.

In 3rd place with 1,235 votes

Waterford Medieval Museum
ARCHITECTS: Waterford City Architects – Rupert Maddock, Bartosz Rojowski, Agnieszka Zipper-Rojowska
CLIENT: Failte Ireland, Waterford City Council

In 2nd place with 1,653 votes

Clerys Department Store
ARCHITECTS: Jennings Design Studio
CLIENT: Clerys Department Store

In 1st Place Public Choice 2014 with 2,006 votes

WINNER: Clonakilty 400, Urban Design Masterplan
ARCHITECT: Giulia Vallone, Cork County Council, Architects Department
CLIENT: Clonakilty Town Council

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