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Just four buildings shortlisted for Welsh architecture awards

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Four buildings, including a converted poultry barn by Hall + Bednarczyk Architects, have been shortlisted for the RSAW Welsh Architecture Awards – the first stage of the RIBA Awards 2017

A new office building by Rio Architects; a high school by AHR; and a new home by Hyde + Hyde Architects complete the list.

Last year the RSAW put forward six buildings for the regional accolades, though none went on to win national gongs.

The four shortlisted buildings will be visited by a regional jury, with the winning buildings announced at a reception in The Classroom, Cardiff and Vale College on 30 May.

Regional winners will be put forward for the RIBA National Awards, with the successful recipients announced in July. Those collecting national awards will then be considered for the RIBA Stirling Prize.

The Shortlist 

One Central Square, Cardiff, by Rio Architects

Rio Architects’ 16,084moffice building is for the first phase of a five-year development plan for Central Square, Cardiff, and creates a new pedestrian boulevard linking the railway station to the Principality Stadium. 

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One Central Square, Cardiff, by Rio Architects

Source: Phil Roberts

Rhyl High School by AHR

Delivered as part of the Welsh Government’s 21st Century Schools programme, this three-storey building houses 1,200 students. It features gold-coloured external cladding, mixed with panels of vernacular brick, intended to reflect the historic tradition of gold-mining in the area and the school’s aspirations.

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Rhyl High School by AHR

Source: Daniel Hopkinson

Silver House, Gower Peninsular, by Hyde + Hyde Architects

This new home on the coastline of the Gower Peninsular, includes portal windows with integrated seating. Living spaces on the first floor rest on exposed timber beams – a reference to the construction of nearby agricultural buildings.

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Silver House, Gower Peninsular, by Hyde + Hyde Architects

Source: David Schnabel

The Chickenshed, Monmouthshire, by Hall + Bednarczyk Architects

Hall + Bednarczyk Architects converted this former poultry barn into a 126mfour-bedroom holiday home, with black corrugated sheeting, timber cladding and a south-west-facing floor-to-ceiling glass wall.

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The Chickenshed, Monmouthshire, by Hall + Bednarczyk Architects

Source: Michael Sinclair


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