The Lark Concert Hall in Balbriggan voted the public’s favourite building at the RIAI Awards 2024

21 Jun , 2024  

The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) is delighted to announce the winner of the prestigious RIAI Public Choice Award. With over 20,000 votes cast by the general public, this year’swinner isThe Lark Concert Hall in Balbriggan, Fingal, by Stephen Foley Architects and CAMPUS. 

The overwhelming support reflects the project’s outstanding contribution to the built environment and its resonance with the community. 

RIAI President, Sean Mahon FRIAI, said “The level of public engagement this year has been extraordinary, and I want to extend a warm congratulations to both the winner, and the runners up. The Lark Concert Hall truly exemplifies the excellence and innovation that the RIAI Public Choice Award stands for. With a record number of votes cast and a growing level of interest in the Public Choice Award, we can see the increasing public recognition of how quality architecture has the power to improve lives and shape the society we envision. Together, we are building a better future, one thoughtfully designed space at a time.”

The RIAI Public Choice Award seeks to find and subsequently honour Ireland’s favourite building or public space. This year’s shortlist featured 42 entries, which included nine stunning houses (new build and old), public housing projects by local authorities, workplaces, libraries, a distillery as well as innovative adaptions of buildings which hold great historical value. 

 The RIAI Irish Architecture Awards will take place later today at the National Gallery of Ireland. The Awards celebrate buildings across all areas of our built environment, from small rural communities to our towns and urban centres. This year’s theme places an emphasis on sustainability, focusing on the reuse, repair, adaptation and retrofit of our existing buildings as key to addressing climate change. 

A full list of winners will be announced later this evening, following the awards ceremony. 

The RIAI Awards 2024 are proudly supported by our Awards Gold Sponsor Sika Ireland.