Belfast, County Antrim
RIBA Regional Award 2019
RSUA Design Award 2019
RICS Community Benefit Award 2019
The Brick Development Association UK Brick Award 2019
TESTIMONIAL / CITATION
“This is a remarkable project in a very demanding location… The tower is efficiently planned, adopting clever strategies… equally impressive are the skills exercised by the architects in working within budget to produce a building of great character, simplicity, and value.” -RIBA AWARDS 2019 JUDGES CITATION ON AWARD WINNING PROJECT%
The site for Raidió Fáilte is located adjacent to the A12 Westlink on the Divis Street junction. The building seeks a material presence in this area, re-introducing the urban scale and returning ‘front door’ activity to Divis Street. Brick was the material of choice, a nod to the ‘Belfast brick’ of the surrounding buildings but the navy blue colouring offers a fresh differentiation. Voided brick screens were designed as filters to negate overlooking into the rear gardens of neighbours and to provide visual articulation and interest. In an area of historical anti-social behaviour defensive mechanisms were integrated into the building’s façade such as the voided brick and gold coloured aluminium screens perforated with verses of poetry in Celtic/Irish. The need for unsightly roller shutters was avoided and the building is now a landmark feature along the busy Westlink junction.