PHOTOS – a selection of the nominees for Ireland’s favorite Irish building

The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) have announced the shortlist for this year’s Irish Architecture Awards including the People’s Choice Award. From the Dental Hospital in Dublin, to Fota Island Resort, the people of Ireland will have their say.

The Irish people will vote for their favorite from the 34 nominations via Facebook and the RIAI website.

This year the award received 120 entries across the 16 categories, including best commercial/retail building, best conservation/restoration project, best cultural building, best International and best emerging practice.

Michelle Fagan, President, RIAI, spoke to at the announcement of the shortlist. He said, “It is encouraging to see the wealth of entries in this year’s awards. These projects highlight the uniqueness that is present in Irish architecture which does not just have one generic style or one-size-fits-all approach.

“The projects on the shortlist show that our architects look at the landscape, the people who will be using the building and the wider community and respond to the individual needs of each space when they are designing, which is something to be very proud of."

The winners will be announced and presented with their awards on Thursday 21st June 2012 in Wood Quay Venue.

Check out some of the nominees here.

Let us know below – which is your favorite building in Ireland?

Here’s a full list of nominees:

Ard na Sidhe Hotel
Back Yard
Bell Tower at Saint Patrick's Church, Ballina
Butterfly House
Central Park Bridge London 2012
Cottage Cubed, Remodel of a 25sqm Fisherman’s Cottage
Dublin Dental Hospital
Fota Enclosed Frameyard and Glasshouses Restoration Phase 1
Garden Kitchen
House at Bogwest
House on Mount Anville
Lyric Theatre Belfast
Monaghan Courthouse
New Extension to Primary School for Girls
Old House / New House
Sean Treacy House
St. Vincent's Private Hospital
Teach Bhaile Eamoinn
The Lir Academy
The Metals Project, Phase 1
Tropical Biome, Leipzig
Wexford County Council Headquarters
Wood Quay Venue


Dublin Dental Hospital