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Hall McKnight Brick Awards double

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The MAC Belfast arts centre wins Best Public Building and Supreme awards in international brick building design contest

The MAC - an arts venue in Belfast (AJ 10.05.12) designed by Hackett Hall McKnight (now renamed Hall McKnight following the departure of Mark Hackett) - has won both the Supreme Award and the Best Public Building prize at this year’s Brick Awards.

Practice partner Ian McKnight said: ‘Belfast is a brick city. The buildings of its heyday were all constructed in brick,
using simple, legible construction. We sought to create a building that reflects this heritage not only in its resilience and constructional legibility, but also in its warmth and texture and essential humanity.’

The Architect’s Choice Award went to the North London Hospice, designed by AHMM.

Other key awards include the Best Education Building Award, which went to the Hopkins-designed Henrietta Barnett School; the Best Commercial Building Award, which went to the Science Studios in Stroud, designed by Designscape Architects; and the Worldwide Brick Award, which went to the Raakspoort City Hall and Bioscoop in The Netherlands, designed by Bolles + Wilson.

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