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May 27, 2004 at 11:32 am #707119AnonymousInactive
Does anyone think that it might be an idea to have a ‘retrospect’ award within the RIAI Awards structure? What I mean by this is that an older building is chosen aswell as the ones that have won awards. I am not talking about a conservation project (as there is already and award for that), I am actually talking about a building that was built, say, in the last 30 years or so. It could be one that maybe won an award in the past or simply one that people have grown to appreciate over the years. Take for example the Administration Building in UCD, which won the Gold Medal 1971-1973 (I really like it I must admit). How do people feel about that building now? Obviously it is difficult to assess and all that because it has taken on a life of its own since then. But then again, maybe that would be the point: After 30 years it would be clear if a building is functioning well, and therefore it could be determined if it is a truly worthy building or not!
From a more contemporary perspective, the reason I thought about this was because I noticed that the new look Roches Stores on Henry Street in Dublin won the ‘Best contribution to Urban Design’ award. I began to wonder how we will view this building in about 10, 15 or maybe 20 years time?
Maybe this award already exists!?
Anyway, sorry for my long speel of waffle!
May 27, 2004 at 11:47 am #743120roskavParticipant
What a great idea! Unfortunately a lot of the hype and publicity of the current awards is fuelled by contractors and suppliers trying to get their services featured for futher business… not to mention architects. There mightn’t be a commercial imperitave to it.
HOWEVER.. I’d like to nominate my home… a 1950’s corpo dwelling in Crumlin… Brilliant design for low cost living… low maintenance and lovely proportions inside.. still doing the bizz.
May 27, 2004 at 12:12 pm #743121traceParticipant
An award like this already exists in America, run by the AIA. Called the Twenty-five Year Award, it is open to buildings in any country that were designed by an architect licensed in the US and completed 25 to 35 years ago. The impressive list of previous winners:
1969 Rockefeller Center, New York City, Reinhard & Hofmeister; Corbett, Harrison & MacMurray
1971 The Crow Island School, Winnetka, Ill., Perkins, Wheeler & Will; Eliel & Eero Saarinen
1972 Baldwin Hills Village, Los Angeles, Reginald D. Johnson; Wilson, Merrill & Alexander; Clarence S. Stein
1973 Taliesin West, Paradise Valley, Ariz., Frank Lloyd Wright
1974 Johnson and Son Administration Building, Racine, Wis., Frank Lloyd Wright
1975 Philip Johnson’s Residence, (“The Glass House”), New Caanan, Conn., Philip Johnson
1976 860-880 North Lakeshore Drive Apartments, Chicago, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
1977 Christ Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, Saarinen, Saarinen & Associates; Hills, Gilbertson & Hays
1978 The Eames House, Pacific Palisades, Calif., Charles and Ray Eames
1979 Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., Louis I. Kahn, FAIA
1980 Lever House, New York City, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
1981 Farnsworth House, Plano, Ill., Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
1982 Equitable Savings and Loan Building, Portland, Ore., Pietro Belluschi, FAIA
1983 Price Tower, Bartlesville, Okla., Frank Lloyd Wright
1984 Seagram Building, New York City, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
1985 General Motors Technical Center, Warren, Mich., Eero Saarinen and Associates with Smith, Hinchman & Grylls
1986 Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City, Frank Lloyd Wright
1987 Bavinger House, Norman, Okla., Bruce Goff
1988 Dulles International Airport Terminal Building, Chantilly, Va., Eero Saarinen and Associates
1989 Vanna Venturi House, Chestnut Hill, Pa., Robert Venturi, FAIA
1990 The Gateway Arch, St. Louis, Eero Saarinen and Associates
1991 Sea Ranch Condominium I, The Sea Ranch, Calif., Moore Lyndon Turnbull Whitaker
1992 The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, Calif., Louis I. Kahn, FAIA
1993 Deere & Company Administrative Center, Moline, Ill., Eero Saarinen and Associates
1994 The Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, Maine, Edward Larrabee Barnes
1995 The Ford Foundation Headquarters, New York City, Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates
1996 The Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel, Colorado Springs, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
1997 Phillips Exeter Academy Library, Exeter, N. H., Louis I. Kahn, FAIA
1998 Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Louis I. Kahn, FAIA
1999 The John Hancock Center, Chicago, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
2000 The Smith House, Darien, Conn., Richard Meier & Partners
2001 Weyerhaeuser Headquarters, Federal Way, Wash., Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
2002 FundaciÃ³ Joan MirÃ³, Barcelona, Spain, Sert Jackson and Associates
2003 Design Research Headquarters Building, Cambridge, Mass., Benjamin Thompson & Associates
2004 East Building of The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., I. M. Pei & Partners.
May 27, 2004 at 12:17 pm #743122AnonymousInactive
That is an impressive list.
Thanks Trace and Roskav!
Roskav, I would like to support your nomination! 🙂
May 27, 2004 at 1:52 pm #743123notjimParticipant
great idea phil. what would be good would be a great buildings list, so the rule would be that every year the committee would add say four buildings to the list and remove say one and over time it would be refined into a definitive list of great buildings in ireland.
May 27, 2004 at 3:04 pm #743124prcParticipant
rockav , sneaking suspicion u were on the sunday times home mag a few weeks back??????????????
May 28, 2004 at 9:33 am #743125AnonymousInactive
Notjim, not sure if I would remove buildings as time went on or not, but I can see your reasoning.
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