RIBA AWARDS / WALES
WALES MILLENNIUM CENTRE, CARDIFF BAY Capita Percy Thomas Client: Wales Millennium Centre At a point when devolution has given added impetus to the search for a national cultural identity, the Wales Millennium Centre represents huge ambition. It not only has a main concert hall seating 1,900 people, but a 250-seat studio theatre, a recording studio, eight rehearsal rooms, a 100-bed hostel and space for the Welsh National Opera.
£78 million. 35,000m
CREATIVE ENTERPRISE CENTRE (GALERI), VICTORIA DOCKS, CAERNARFON Richard Murphy Architects Client: Cwmni Tref Caernarfon This quayside regeneration project in north Wales uses a combination of arts-based commercial enterprise to give vitality to the centre by day, and a multi-purpose hall and studios to bring in activities at night. The building is expressed as three parallel structures with corridors between to create a higher, barn-like central volume for principal performance spaces and the foyer, and a lower three-storey office wing on each side.
£4.4 million. 3,337m