RIBA Awards 2015 Royal Gold Medal to O’Donnell + Tuomey

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has selected Irish architects Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey as recipients of the 2015 Royal Gold Medal, one of the world’s most prestigious lifetime achievement awards for architecture. Approved personally by the Queen, the award recognizes those who have made a significant contribution to the advancement of architecture.

The praised the way O’Donnell + Tuomey came together in the early 1990s to combine ”Sheila’s quiet, studied ‘rationalism’ alongside John’s fluent, rhetorical ‘constructivism,’” commenting that “through their buildings, publications, exhibitions and teaching they have forged a confident new identity for Irish architecture.”

Jeffry’s House / Emily Mannion + Thomas O’Brien

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Architects: Emily Mannion, Thomas O’Brien
Location: Ards Forest Park,
Collaborators: Ivor Kilpatrick, thatcher
Area: 18.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Emily Mannion + Thomas O Brien

Infrastructure, Data and Progress: Ireland’s Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale

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The Irish pavilion’s response to the theme of the 2014 Venice Biennale captures the tumultuous history of the Ireland‘s past hundred years through ten infrastructural projects which highlight the country’s progress. ’s relationship to the theme of “Absorbing Modernity” was colored by their independence from the United Kingdom in the early 1920s, with modernism and infrastructure seen as the way to leave this past behind. The pavilion examines the outcomes of this approach, with Ireland treated as “a launch-pad and testing ground” for everything from concrete infrastructure to data centers. Read the curators’ take on their pavilion after the break.

Green Box Design Studio / MacGabhann Architects

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Architects: MacGabhann Architects
Location: , Co. Donegal, Ireland
Design Team: Antoin MacGabhann, Tarla MacGabhann, Patrick McGinley, Claire Faulkner
Area: 110 sqm
Photographs: Ros Kavanagh

Regional Cultural Centre / MacGabhann Architects

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Architects: MacGabhann Architects
Location: , Co. Donegal,
Design Team: Antoin MacGabhann, Tarla MacGabhann, Nanni Grau, Niels Merschbrock
Area: 1700.0 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Dennis Gilbert

Plug-in Cottage / MacGabhann Architects

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Architects: MacGabhann Architects
Location: Co. Donegal,
Design Team: Antoin MacGabhann, Tarla MacGabhann, Lauren Swinney, Patrick McGinley
Area: 87 sqm
Photographs: Ros Kavanagh

Drumnacraig – Extension / MacGabhann Architects

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Architects: MacGabhann Architects
Location: Co. Donegal,
Design Team: Antoin MacGabhann, Tarla MacGabhann, Bjoern Patzwald, Alison Ellis, Michael Doherty
Year: 2011
Photographs: Paul McGuicken

Carton LeVert / MacGabhann Architects

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Architects: MacGabhann Architects
Location: Co. Donegal,
Design Team: Antoin MacGabhann, Tarla MacGabhann, Orla McKeever
Area: 125 sqm
Year: 2002
Photographs: Ros Kavanagh

National University Of Ireland, Galway | Science Research Building / Payette

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Architects: Payette
Location: , Ireland
Area: 86,112 sqft
Year: 2013
Photographs: Warren Jagger

National University Of Ireland, Galway / Payette

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Architects: Payette
Location: Galway,
Area: 65,000 sqft
Year: 2013
Photographs: Warren Jagger

Airbnb’s European Operations Hub in Dublin / Heneghan Peng Architects

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Architects: Heneghan Peng Architects
Location: 4 South Lotts Road, Dublin,
Project Principal: Shih-Fu Peng, Roisin Heneghan
Area: 2,000 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Ed Reeve

Extension and renovation in Portobello / Donal Colfer Architects

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Architects: Donal Colfer Architects
Location: Portobello, Co. Dublin,
Architect In Charge: Donal Colfer, Kevin Kelly
Area: 110.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Alice Clancy

Medieval Museum in Waterford / Waterford City Council Architects

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Architects: City Council Architects
Location: Cathedral Square, Waterford,
Design Team: Waterford City Council Architects – Rupert Maddock, Bartosz Rojowski, Agnieszka Rojowska. Currently Bartosz & Agnieszka form ROJO-Studio
Area: 1500.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Philip Lauterbach

Social Housing in Shangan Avenue / FKL architects

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Architects: FKL architects
Location: Shangan Avenue, Ballymun, Dublin,
Area: 3746.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of FKL architects

Grimshaw Selected to Redevelop Ireland’s Most Prestigious Racecourse

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The Irish Turf Club has selected Grimshaw, alongside collaborators Newenham Mulligan & Associates (NMA), amongst 100 other leading practices to envision a concept design for the modernization of ’s most prestigious thoroughbred race course.

Embedded within County Kildare’s open plains, the historic Curragh Racecourse is need of a masterplan that preserves the site, upgrades facilities and respects the surrounding landscape. Grimshaw’s winning proposal promises to satisfy these requests, in addition to constructing a new grandstand that retains the “intimate and distinctive character” of the existing grounds.

Silchester Park / GKMP Architects

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Architects: GKMP Architects
Location: Silchester Park, ,
Contractor: Sheerin Construction
Engineer: Downes Associates
Lighting Consultant: Wink Lighting
Area: 40.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Alice Clancy

Hedge House / GKMP Architects

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Architects: GKMP Architects
Location: Leeson Walk,
Contractor: RandU Limited
Engineer: David Maher & Associates
Lighting Consultant: Wink Lighting
Area: 253.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Alice Clancy

UCD Student Centre / FKP Architects

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Architects: FKP Architects
Location: , Ireland
Area: 11,000 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Donal Murphy