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Published in Architecture on 11/06/2018

Royal College of Surgeons Ireland Voted Ireland’s Favourite Building


CNI Editor reports

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.
No. 26 York Street, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Source: Donal Murphy
26 York Street, RCSI

Source: 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.
Scoil Phádraig, a primary school in Westport.

Source: Kelvin Gillmor Photography
One Microsoft Place, Leopardstown

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.”