Shortlist for the National Eisteddfod’s Gold Medal published

The list of eight candidates for a prestigious Welsh architect award designed to highlight the importance of architecture in the culture of Wales was announced on the 3 July 2015.

Amongst the list, which was drawn up with the support of the Design Commission of Wales, is a mountain bike visitor centre, a private home and a primary school. All three of these are located in the Gwynedd area of North West Wales. Architects in North Wales are becoming increasingly bold and innovative, so buildings in the area are now regularly being shortlisted for awards such as this.

The other five candidates are spread across the rest of the nation. On the list is a private house in Cardiff, and a small development of homes and apartments built on a former farm in St Fagan’s. There is even an upside down house located in the Vale of Glamorgan. The famous Cliff House with views of the Bristol Channel is a popular choice. Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre, Snowdonia also made it onto list with an extension that enhances the experience of the centre’s 140,000 visitors every year.

The chief executive of the Design Commission for Wales, Carole-Anne Davies said:

“Working in close partnership with the Royal Society of Architects in Wales, we seek to celebrate those projects that achieve architectural excellence and recognise exceptional designers and clients.”

A number of those on the list have already won awards. The Cliff House has already won the RIBA National Award for 2015.

The winner will be announced on 1 August 2015, however, all eight of the buildings on the shortlist will be part of the Architecture in Wales exhibition.

Posted by Adam Lloyd
July 30, 2015

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