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Rural Office wins RSAW writing shed contest

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Rural Office Architecture has won the Royal Society of Architects in Wales’ design contest for a new shed at the Tŷ Newydd Writers’ Centre

The Newcastle Emlyn-based practice’s ‘Geometry’ proposal was chosen from 23 entries to the Literature Wales-backed contest which was open to all architects and designers.

Jenny Hall of Crafted Space was named joint runner-up alongside Ross Keenan and James Woodward.

The winning 7.5m² structure will be located in the garden of the building – also known as the National Centre for Writing in Wales – near Cricieth, in Gwynedd.

It is expected to be used by poets and players, artists, storytellers and explorers.

Judges included the artist Iwan Bala, past RIBA president Sunand Prasad and the National Poet of Wales Gillian Clarke.

Prasad praised all the winning and commended schemes for their ‘qualities of poetry, beauty, delicacy, versatility, tight planning and sensitivity to the site.’

Full results

Winner: Geometry by Niall Maxwell of  Rural Office for Architecture
Joint runners-up:  Tŷ Bach Newydd by Ross Keenan and James Woodward; and Nutshell by Jenny Hall of Crafted Space
Commended: Cocoon by Elena Arnedo Calvo and Gareth Dobson of Dobson Owen Architects; Minerva by Bardakhanova Champkins Architects;   Tŷ Gwyllt by Owen Jones of TDO Architecture; and Tŷ Tir by Fran Edgerley

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