Display of ‘Town Centre Living’ Architectural Design Competition Entries
19 innovative design entries to create high-quality homes in Kildare
Winning entry commissioned to develop project
Kildare County Council is hosting an exhibition of all 19 design entries in the recent Town Centre Living Architectural Design Competition, in Kildare Library from today until Tuesday 28th November.
Earlier this year, Kildare County Council, in conjunction with the Royal Institute of the Architects in Ireland (RIAI) and the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage (DHLGH) held an Architectural Design Competition seeking innovative proposals for social housing on a site on the Station Road in Kildare Town.
The Town Centre Living Architectural Design Competition aimed to encourage innovative design for social housing within the town and to progress the Government’s Town Centre First policy objectives of compact growth and town-centre revitalisation. The competition also sought to encourage more architectural firms to compete for social housing design projects.
19 entries were received, and they were assessed by representatives from Kildare County Council Architectural Services, The Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage Architectural Advisors and from Technical University Dublin’s School of Architecture, Building and Environment. All of these entries will be on display in Kildare Library as part of the exhibition.
The winning entry – An Triantán was submitted by Shay Cleary Architects, taking their inspiration from the Market Square in Kildare Town. Shay Cleary Architects have been commission by Kildare County Council to develop the project, funded by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage. Kildare County Council intend to place the final detailed design on public display in early 2024 prior to commencing construction in late 2024.
The 2nd place entry was submitted by Davey & Smyth Architects and 3rd place by Donnelly Turpin Architects. The entry submitted by Metropolitan Workshop was highly commended by the assessment team.