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Coombs+Jones wins Eisteddfod pavilion contest

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Cardiff’s Coombs+Jones has won the contest to design a £20,000 pavilion at Wales’s annual festival of culture – the National Eisteddfod

The firm’s A Welsh Landscape proposal was picked ahead of designs by three other practices on the all-Welsh shortlist in the Royal Society of Architects in Wales (RSAW)-backed competition.

Chosen from 31 entrants, the finalists included Tomos Owen and James Brady of young firm Mwddrwg, Rory Harmer of Jerry Tate Architects and James Lockwood of Cardiff-based Davies Sutton Architects - whose Ty Hir (The Welsh Longhouse) was highly commended by the jury.

The victorious timber scheme was described by the judges as a ‘delightful gem which carries through the poetry of the design to the detail’ and a ‘beautiful interpretation of countryside around us’.

Dan Benham RIBA, chairman of joint contest-backer Design Circle, said: ‘After much debate and deliberation, the jury decided to award the competition to A Welsh Landscape. It was a very close call for the panel members, whose experience stretched across the breadth of the construction field, and a final show of hands showed how narrow the margin of winning was for Coombs+Jones.

‘It is for this reason, that in the inaugural year of the National Eisteddfod Architecture Pavilion competition, we have awarded a Highly Commended placing to Ty Hir by James Lockwood.’

The winning scheme will be built near Y Lle Celf in the Vale of Glamorgan. The building of the scheme will be filmed and will be available online.

Previous story (AJ 28.03.2012)

Eisteddfod pavilion shortlist revealed

The four-strong shortlist of Welsh architects competing to design a £20,000 pavilion at Wales’s annual festival of culture – the National Eisteddfod – has been revealed

The finalists include Cardiff-based practice Coombs + Jones and Tomos Owen and James Brady of young firm Mwddrwg.

James Lockwood of Cardiff-based Davies Sutton Architects and Rory Harmer of Jerry Tate Architects were also picked as finalists in the Royal Society of Architects in Wales (RSAW), National Eisteddfod and Design Circle-backed competition which received 31 entries.

Judging panel member and Design Circle chair Dan Benham said: ‘We were very impressed by the quality of entries, the widespread approach to the principles of good innovative design and a clear understanding of the distinctiveness of Wales and the importance of the international reputation of the National Eisteddfod, its most cultural festival.’

A winning scheme will be chosen on 30 April. The Eisteddfod takes place in South Wales’ Vale of Glamorgan from 4 to 11 August.

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