Public Choice Awards
The RIAI announced last night their results for this year’s awards. Unfortunately our feature on the residential choices in the Public Choice Award didn’t sway the vote and the award went to strangely enough to the Clonakilty Urban Redesign, carried out by Cork City Council’s own architectural department. Good to see a bit of government lead design have such a positive impact to bring out the public vote. Des McMahon, Chairperson of the Judging Panel, said,
“It is gratifying to see the quality of the buildings produced every year continues to increase, so does public interest in good design, as we can see from the strong response to the Public Choice Award.”
However, many of the other nominees did win awards in other categories awarded by the RIAI themselves:
1. Best Conservation / Restoration
Russborough House Refurbishment
This had to go to the restoration of Russborough House that we featured here. Howley Hayes Architects have done a fantastic job restoring the historic country home from fire damage and redesigning the use of the house for future generations.
2. Best Culture
Airfield Evolution, Dundrum
We included this because it is such an excellent design and facility that all locals should make a trip to, despite not being a residential scheme. Airfield Dundrum was revamped by Solearth Architecture – see more about it here.
3. Best House
The Cow House, Blessington
Sadly this one was missed in the Public Choice Awards and therefore we didn’t cover it. This stunning renovation of a 19th century Steward’s House brings it together with the adjacent cottage, creating two new courtyards. You can see more of this project over at Michael Kelly Architects.
4. Best House Extension
Farmhouse Extension, Co. Clare
5. RIAI Universal Design Award
Adaption and Extension, Dublin
We’re not sure what they mean by “Universal Design” here but we liked Justin O’Callaghan Architect’s design for a extension and redevelopment of this Dublin single-storey house.