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The best of Irish architecture: RIAI 2009 award winners

O’Donnell & Tuomey, BDP and Grafton Architects were among the winners at this year’s RIAI’s Irish Architecture Awards

Prizes for buildings completed in 2008 were presented last night (22 June) during a ceremony held at the Cow Shed Theatre in Dublin’s Phoenix Park by John Gormley, minister for the environment, heritage and local government.

Keith Williams and the Office of Public Works won the award for the best cultural building for their acclaimed Wexford Opera House (pictured).O’Donnell & Tuomey picked up the prize for the best housing for its Timberyard Social Housing scheme for Dublin City Council. BDP won the best retail building category for its Victoria Square scheme in Belfast and Grafton Architects won the president’s award for its Universita Luigi Bocconi in Milan.

The Public Choice Award was won by Murray O Laoire Architects for their Thomond Park Stadium Redevelopment. Over 5,000 people voted online for their favourite building of 2008.

President of the RIAI, Sean Ó Laoire said: ‘What all of this year’s award winning projects show is that good design is relevant and possible for all building types not just the “grand projects” – this includes smaller projects and once-off housing. By promoting good quality design of our buildings, as well as of our towns and cities, Ireland can position itself as an international standard setter and help attract more high-end investment in the economy.’

RIAI 2009 award winners

  • Best Conservation/Restoration Project Award: Library, Abbeyleix, by de Blacam & Meagher for Laois County Council
  • Best Cultural Building Award: Wexford Opera House, by OPW & Keith Williams Architects
  • Best Educational Building Award: Eurocampus/ French School Dublin, by A2 Architects for Lycess Francais d’Irlande
  • Best Health Award: Midland Regional Hospital at Tullamore, by Murray O’Laoire and Brian O’Connell Associates for HSE Dublin Mid-Leinster
  • Best House Award: 10A Grangegorman Villas by Odos Architects
  • Best House Extension Award: Lake House by Clancy Moore Architects for J&J Kennedy
  • Best Housing (More than one unit) Award: Timberyard Social Housing by O’Donnell & Tuomey Architects, for Dublin City Council
  • Best Building in the Landscape Award: Spa & Leisure Building, Hotel Europa, by Gottstein Architectsfor Killarney Hotels
  • Best Leisure Building Award: Ballyfermot Leisure & Youth Centre Project, by McGarry Ni Eanaigh Architectsfor Dublin City Council
  • Best Public Building Award: Leixlip Garda Station, by O’Briain Beary Architects for the Office of Public Works
  • Best Public Space Award: Tallaght Zip & Plaza, by Seán Harrington Architects for South Dublin County Council
  • Best Retail Building Award: Victoria Square, by BDP Architects for Multi Development UK LTD
  • Best Sustainable Project Award: York Street Social Housing by Sean Harrington Architects for Dublin City Council
  • Best Accessible Project Award: Irishtown Health Centre, by A&D Wejchert & Partners for HSE, Dublin Mid-Leinster
  • The Assessors’ Award: St George’s & St Thomas’ Church Insertion, by Clancy Moore Architects for the Select Vestry of St George and St Thomas
  • Public Choice Award: Thomond Park Redevelopment, by Murray O’Laoire Architects and AFL
  • The President’s Award: Universita Luigi Bocconi, Milan, by Grafton Architects

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  • Which one is shown in the top picture? This truly a disgraceful addition to this townscape.

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