Friday 24 November 2017

What do you think is the best building in Ireland?

The Medieval Museum in Waterford.
The Medieval Museum in Waterford.
Lifeguard hut at Sandycove, Dublin.
National Diving Training Centre, Abbotstown, Dublin.

Brian Byrne

THE recently refurbished Clerys department store, a lifeguard hut and a film school are all in the running for this year's Irish Architecture Awards.

The public has been asked to help choose the best building in Ireland as part of the 25th Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland's (RIAI) awards.

Nationwide, buildings such as the Medieval Museum in Waterford; Southill Older Persons' Accommodation in Co Limerick; a school in Connemara, Co Galway; and the Farnogue Residential Care Centre at Wexford General Hospital have made the shortlist of 48 projects for which the public can vote up until June 19.

People can vote online for their favourite building at

Others, including the iconic Clerys department store on O'Connell Street; a lifeguard hut and changing shelter in Sandycove; the National Diving Training Centre in Abbotstown; and the National Film School in Dun Laoghaire are among the contenders in Co Dublin.

Now in its ninth year, the Public Choice Award received almost 140 entries across 15 categories, including best commercial, best conservation, best educational and best public building.

President of the RIAI Robin Mandal said: "These awards celebrate Ireland's finest architectural excellence and the creative individuals behind them.

"These buildings illustrate that quality delivers the best value for money and this starts when you bring an architect on in the beginning of a project. It is also encouraging to see the tide is turning for Irish architects.

"It is time for architects to seize new business opportunities by laying strong foundations for the future of Irish architecture both in Ireland and abroad."

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on June 24 in the Wood Quay Venue, Dublin City Council Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8.

Irish Independent

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