Congratulations to McCullough Mulvin Architects who have been awarded a distinction in the prestigious German Design Awards 2017 for their Waterford Fire Station project in Waterford City. This is one of the first times an Irish design has been awarded a prize in this competition sponsored by the German Design Council based in Frankfurt and founded in 1953 by the German Bundestag to promote talent and champion good design. The award ceremony takes place in Frankfurt in February 2017. This is a signal recognition of this ground breaking project which serves an important 24-hour public emergency response function in the South-East and is housed in a dramatic concrete and zinc shape built around a courtyard- a unique contemporary architecture folded and shaped like a piece of origami or a natural landscape for good architecture. The building has already achieved success in the RIAI Irish Architecture Awards 2016.