Friday, December 3, 2010

Irish building of the year 2009

The RIAI Irish Architecture Awards 2009 are taking place and you have until Sunday to submit your vote for the People's Choice Award. There are 35 buildings to choose from, I haven't quite decided which is my favourite yet, but my shortlist is as follows:

This is an insertion into St George's & St Thomas's Church by Clancy Moore architects - so unusual to see such a project these days.

This is a café/bar on Deal Pier by Niall McLaughlin Architects. I love this, it's so wild and romantic looking.

Hazelwood School by GM & AD Architects is a school that caters for 60 student with multiple disabilities, aged from 2 to 19. The aim with this project was to take away any traces of an institutional feel, and it really does look like a welcoming and stimulating environment.

Landscape room by LID Architecture - this looks positively idyllic.

The Library in Abbeyleix by de Blacam & Meagher - if only all public libraries could be like this...

...and if only all cinemas could be like this! The Light House cinema by DTA Architects.

The Wexford Opera House by OPW & Keith Williams Architects - mmmmm, opulent.

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