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Thursday 21 September 2017

A lesson in architecture: UCD building scoops design award

UCD Student Centre voted Ireland’s favourite new building
UCD Student Centre voted Ireland’s favourite new building

Ed Carty

THE country's favourite new building was built for and funded by students.

About one-fifth of the 12,500 people who voted in the Irish Architecture Awards picked the colourful student centre at University College Dublin, pictured right.

Billed as UCD's epicentre of sport, social and academic life, it opened last June and was the first project on the campus to be funded entirely by students.

The student centre, designed by Fitzgerald Kavanagh & Partners, beat competition from contemplation space at the Mater Hospital, designed by Michael Goan, and the Temple Bar umbrellas, by Sean Harrington Architects.

The UCD building also came first in the best universal design category.

The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland, which ran the competition, ruled out a hijacking of the competition by the student body.

Eddie Conroy, chair of the judging panel, said the building was a dynamic piece of Irish architecture.

The best house in the country is Quarry House at Slievebawnogue in the Dublin mountains.

Other winners included:

* Ballyroan Library, Co Dublin, designed by Box Architecture, for best public building.

* Bord Gais Networks Services Centre in Finglas, Dublin, by Denis Byrne Architects, for best commercial building and best sustainable project.

* Luan Gallery in Athlone, by Keith Williams Architects, for best cultural building.

* Presentation College Bray, Co Wicklow, by Paul Keogh Architects, for best educational building.

* Stephen Mulhall Architects for best emerging practice.

Irish Independent

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