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Shortlist revealed for 'best building in Wales'

Buildings by Architype, Donald Insall, and BDP are in the running for the Welsh Gold Medal

Ten buildings including schools, museums and health centres have been shortlisted for the National Eisteddfod of Wales Gold Medal for Architecture, which recognises the best building in Wales.

Supported by the Design Commission for Wales, the Gold Medal aims to draw attention to the importance of architecture in the nation’s culture and to honour architects achieving the highest design standards.

The medal is given to architects responsible for buildings completed between January 2010 and March 2013.

The full shortlist

  • The Iron Room, Machynlleth by Catalina Architecture
  • The Copper Kingdom Centre, Amlwch by Donald Insall Associates  
  • Cwm Ifor Primary School, Caerphilly by Architype
  • Blaenau Gwent Learning Zone, Ebbw Vale by BDP
  • Cynon Valley Community Hospital, Mountain Ash by HLM Architects
  • St David’s Hospice Care, Newport by KKE Architects
  • Llan y Cefn Hall, Wrexham by Andy Foster Architects
  • Un Y Berllan, Llanfoist, Abergaveny by Catherine Roberts & Steven Harris
  • Trewarren, Newport, Pembrokeshire by John Pardey Architects
  • Ty Newydd Barn, Ffawyddog, Crickhowell by KOVE Architects

Carole-Anne Davies, chief executive of the Design Commission for Wales, said: ‘The schemes are rich and varied in response to the equally rich and varied environment presented by our nation. Whether in urban or rural settings, they illustrate just how good architecture responds to its context and how good quality design can, and should, permeate every aspect of our lives.

‘We are particularly interested that so many public sector projects are demonstrating a clear commitment to being a good client and achieving really good design quality.’

Trewarren, Newport, Pembrokeshire by John Pardey Architects

Trewarren, Newport, Pembrokeshire by John Pardey Architects

The shortlist was drawn up by Rhian Evans of RE:AP, Conwy and Andrew Taylor of Patel Taylor, London. The winner will be announced at the National Eisteddfod of Wales on 3 August 2013.

Rhian Evans said: ‘We were heartened by the range of entries that encompassed completed buildings throughout Wales. From medium urban sites, market towns and rural locations. the entries were geographically spread across the country, representing a broad number of building types. Many of the projects were reworking, refurbishments or extensions to existing buildings.”

Andrew Taylor added: ‘Many of the projects took a humane and tactile approach in the use of materials and an enjoyment in the use of natural light. Of note was that many of the projects, apart from the private houses, are publicly funded and have been delivered within varying financial and monetary constraints. They all had one common theme - design excellence.’

All ten shortlisted projects for the Gold Medal will be included in the Architecture in Wales exhibition at the National Eisteddfod of Wales from 3 - 10 August. 

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