Shortlist announced for Welsh architecture award

Six very different buildings have made it onto the shortlist for a Welsh Design Commission architecture prize, ranging from a refurbished ruined chapel to a community theatre.

Over the next few weeks, the judges will decide which project is worthy of the Gold Medal for Architecture, with the result to be revealed on 2nd August at the National Eisteddfod of Wales.

One of the selectors, Anne-Marie Smale, commented that she and her colleagues had been impressed by the diversity of the entries and the extent that clients had been involved in the projects. A range of sizes and types of buildings were represented, covering large areas of the country, although there were no shortlisted projects from any North Wales architects this time.

The three non-residential buildings on the list included a ruined church, known as the Galilee Chapel, which was sensitively restored to create an attractive visitor centre by Davies Sutton architects. Talgarth Mill, an old flourmill, was restored by Hoole and Walmsley architects, with the addition of a bakery and cafe. The Zion Chapel in Llanelli was refurbished, together with its Sunday School, by Lawray Architects to create a theatre, offices and a new place of worship.

The residential buildings on the shortlist were quite varied and included a Llandysul barn, designed by Rural Office for Architecture for use as a home, a development of four houses in a conservation area by Hoole & Walmsley, and a new house on the Gower, created by Loyn & Co architects to blend in to the area of outstanding natural beauty.

Posted by Adam Lloyd
July 10, 2014

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