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From Dublin Port to the 'Medieval Mile': People are being asked to vote for Ireland's favourite building

The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland wants your opinion.
May 20th 2018, 8:00 PM 16,428 12

THE PUBLIC CAN now vote for Ireland’s favourite building, place or public space designed by an Irish architect.

The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) has shortlisted 32 projects for this year’s Public Choice category in the Irish Architecture Awards

The awards, now in their 29th year, celebrate the work of Irish architects at home and abroad.

All of the projects on the shortlist have been designed by RIAI-registered architects and were completed in 2017.

The shortlist is made up of 31 entries around the island of Ireland and one in India.

They include projects at the Dublin Port centre, Microsoft HQ in Dublin, the Omagh Hospital & Primary Care Complex in Co Tyrone, the Newry Leisure Centre and the Meath County Council Headquarters.

Here is a look at a few of the entries…

National Gallery of Ireland, Refurbishment of Historic Wings, Dublin.

NGI_HPARC_Marie_Louise_Halpenny_Exterior Source: Irish Architecture Awards

NGI_HPARC_Marie_Louise_Halpenny_Interior_Dargan_Grand Source: Irish Architecture Awards

Port Centre Precinct, Dublin

Port_Centre_Precinct_Darmody_Architecture_Enda_Kavanagh_02 Source: Irish Architecture Awards

Port_Centre_Precinct_Darmody_Architecture_Enda_Kavanagh_03 Source: Irish Architecture Awards

Thapar University Student Accommodation, India

Thapar_Student_Residences_McCullough_Mulvin_Christian_Richters_4 Source: Irish Architecture Awards

Thapar_Student_Residences_McCullough_Mulvin_Christian_Richters_1 Source: Irish Architecture Awards

Scoil Phádraig, Westport

2_New_School_In_Town_SJK_Kelvin_Gilmor Source: Kelvin Gillmor Photography

3_New_School_In_Town_SJK_Kelvin_Gilmor Source: Kelvin Gillmor Photography

Medieval Mile Museum, Kilkenny

Medieval_Mile_Museum_Publicity_McCullough_Mulvin_Christian_R_-_Copy_600_400_s_c1_center_center Source: Irish Architecture Awards

Medieval_Mile_Museum_McCullough_Mulvin_Christian_Richters_3 Source: Irish Architecture Awards

Online voting is now open and all of the shortlisted projects are available to view on the RIAI website.

Voting closes at midnight on Friday, 1 June.

The winner of last year’s public choice category was Theatre and Performance by Taylor Architects in association with Richard Murphy for National University of Ireland, Galway (below).

Hilltop_Presence_Palestinian_Museum_Heneghan_Peng_Iwan_Baan Source: Iwan Baan

RIAI President David Browne said that this year saw the highest number of entrants since the recession.

We had the highest number of entries to the awards this year since before the recession, which reflects our strengthening economy.  The quality of entries was exceptionally high too and this demonstrates the value that Irish architects are adding to all aspects of the built environment, supporting Ireland’s economic and social structure.

The RIAI Irish Architecture Awards will be held on 8 June at the Mansion House, Dublin.

As well as the public choice award, the work of Irish architects will also be acknowledged across 14 other categories, including best public space, sustainability, and conservation/restoration.

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