AVIVA Stadium, Architectural Excellence in the RIBA Awards 2011

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) announced the winners of the 2011 RIBA Awards today, appointing the Aviva Stadium, one of the buildings for architectural excellence in Europe.

The Aviva Stadium was conceived by the Irish Rugby Football Union, the Football Association of Ireland and Irish Government, to become Ireland’s new international stadium for rugby and soccer – an arena worthy to host a future of sporting excellence.

The design, resulting from a joint partnership between Populous and Scott Tallon Walker Architects, integrates perfectly in the residential district of Dublin 4, due to its shimmering form of transparent shingles, which rises in the east and west to position the majority of spectators in the desirable side locations of the pitch and falls in the north to minimise the impact of the building on the adjoining neighbourhoods. The stadium is designed to be a good neighbour and to have low levels of noise break-out and of light spill at night.

The tiers form a horseshoe with only a small lower tier at the North end to allow light to the adjacent houses. The innovative horse-shoe shaped roof structure suspended above the tiers results in a minimum overall height for the building.  This was conceived by Paul Westbury of Buro Happold.

Martin Murphy, Stadium Director, commented, “We are delighted with the award for both the stadium and our architects. We have just celebrated our first birthday by hosting the UEFA Europa League Final. Overall it has been a great first twelve months for the stadium. The award is a wonderful start to our second year and a great endorsement for everyone involved in the project”.

Ben Vickery, Senior Principal, said, “Populous is proud to receive the RIBA awards 2011 that highlights the architectural excellence of the Aviva Stadium. This dynamic and innovative design is the result of the efforts of a large team of people, using ground-breaking ideas to improve the enjoyment of sport. The software used, Bentley microstation generative components (GC), allowed a three-dimensional model to be shared by the architect, structural engineer, steel fabricator and cladding contractor.”

The shortlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize for the building of the year will be drawn from the 97 RIBA Award winners.

Speaking today, RIBA President Ruth Reed said, “for 46 years the RIBA Awards have reflected the health of British architecture. This year’s winners show that in spite of a terrible worldwide recession, many exceptional buildings have been, and continue to be, built in the UK and overseas. Winning projects demonstrate that even in constrained times committed clients working with talented architects can achieve architectural excellence.

These well-designed buildings will add huge value to the lives, prosperity, health and pride of their owners, users and communities and I am delighted with year’s selection. We are promised an interesting RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist.”

The Europa League final was recently held at Aviva Stadium on the 18 May and the Champions League final will be held on the 28 May at Wembley Stadium, which was also designed by Populous. The architecture company stands at the pinnacle of first-class architecture and is currently involved in several projects around the world with a key role in 2012 London Olympic Games, as well as 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China and the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

For more information please contact the Media team:
Patricia Fernandez – (0)20 8874 7666 or patricia.fernandez@populous.com
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