House based on traditional stone walls wins public choice award

Field, Stonewall, House in Co Galway is this year’s winner of the audience selection at the Irish Architecture Awards.

The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland announced Tuesday that Taylor McCarney Architects’ Galway House has been voted Ireland’s Most Popular Building.

The design was conceived as a series of parallel field stone walls that blend in with the rural setting in western Ireland. The project considered how such a building could “grow” out of the site and in terms of scale, materials, color and landscape.

Objects from the surrounding landscape of the house, an apple tree, a shed (a childhood memory) and views of the mountain Coill Chnoc Meadha are taken over and framed in the house.

This is the second house to win the audience award.

A total of 39 projects were shortlisted, including homes, commercial spaces, schools, historic sites and public spaces from across Ireland, which were completed in 2020, with all projects designed by registered architects based in the country.

Ciaran O’Connor, President of RIAI, said, “I am delighted to announce that Taylor McCarney Architect’s Field, Stonewall, House project has been voted Ireland’s Most Popular Building. We have all realized in the past 16 months the importance of good design in our homes and this project is a prime example of that. People invest significant resources in their homes and this project shows how working with a registered architect can lead to high quality results. “

The full list of RIAI Irish Architecture Award winners will be announced on Friday, July 9th on the RIAI website.

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