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Aoibhneas children’s centre architectural competition

The RIAI (Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland) is administering a competition for the design of a children’s centre on the existing site of Aoibhneas Women and Children’s Refuge in Coolock, Dublin

Aoibhneas believes that Irish refuges must become more than temporary safe houses and become places that truly support children through the traumas of domestic violence. Aoibhneas wants to create an environment whereby children can reclaim their trust and feelings of safety.

Architects worldwide are being asked to design a state-of-the-art children’s centre facility which will include age appropriate play areas, homework, art and therapy rooms with space for children to spend time alone and with their families.

The subject site which is triangular in shape (3,214 m²) is located within a predominantly residential area. A courtyard building of refuge accommodation units (727m²) is located on the eastern corner of the site and encloses a small play area. Competitors should assume a budget in the range of €600,000 - €800,000. The outline cost plan in the competition pack provides additional information.

Submissions for Stage 1 will be evaluated on quality and innovation in architectural design and compliance with the competition brief.

The competition is open to persons who are currently included on the RIAI Register for Architects, or who could seek registration without significant delay (e.g. without requiring further assessment). You should consult the registration requirements at to check that you have the required qualifications and documentation to seek registration without requiring further assessment by the RIAI or any other examining body.

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