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Thursday 7 December 2023 Dublin: 10°C

This is Ireland's favourite building

The shortlist for the public choice award included 31 entries around the island of Ireland and one in India.

NO 26 YORK STREET, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland has been voted Ireland’s favourite building.

The new medical education building has won the public choice award at the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) Awards 2018.

The building was designed by Henry J Lyons, who won the public choice award back in 2010 for the new Criminal Courts of Justice.

The ten-storey building has four basement levels to get around planning height restrictions in Dublin’s city centre.

Described as a state-of-the-art facility for medical students, surgical trainees and staff, the building is equipped with modern cutting-edge facilities as well as a new library, auditorium and sports facility.

26 YORK STREET _PUBLICITY_HENRY J LYONS (1) Donal Murphy No. 26 York Street, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Donal Murphy

26_YORK_STREET_HENRY_J_LYONS_HUFTON__CROW_04 Donal Murphy 26 York Street, RCSI Donal Murphy

Now in their 29th year, the awards are the primary architectural awards in the country.

The shortlist for the public choice award included 31 entries around the island of Ireland and one in India.

22% of the votes cast by members of the public online went to the winning project. Over 10,000 people voted in the public choice section.

Mayo and Dublin 

Second place went to Scoil Phádrig, a primary school in Westport designed by SJK Architects, while third place went to a Dublin project- One Microsoft Place, the tech giant’s Dublin campus in Leopardstown, designed by RKD Architects.

1 New School In Town_Publicity_SJK_Kelvin Gilmor (1) Kelvin Gillmor Photography Scoil Phádraig, a primary school in Westport. Kelvin Gillmor Photography


RIAI president David Browne said that the shortlist was made up of ”exceptional projects”, adding: ”It’s encouraging that Irish people recognise the value that Irish architects add to all aspects of the built environment, supporting Ireland’s educational, economic and social infrastructure.”

The rest of the winners, in 14 other categories, will be announced this evening at an awards dinner at the Mansion House, Dublin.

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