27.05.11

AVIVA Stadium wins Royal Institute of British Architects Award (RIBA)

The Aviva Stadium designed by international practice Populous and Scott Tallon Walker Architects and built by John Sisk & Son has won a RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) Award for projects in the European Union region.

The 50,000 capacity stadium, developed on the site of the world’s oldest international rugby ground at Lansdowne Road, is Ireland’s home for rugby and football international matches.

The stunning stadium was developed as a response to the site and its surroundings, and sweeps down to a single tier at the North end to maintain daylight to the adjacent residential gardens and so open up the stadium bowl to the city.

Commenting on the RIBA award, Tom Costello, Managing Director of John Sisk & Son Ireland said:

“The SISK  Group would like to congratulate Populous and Scott Tallon Walker for this deserved honour. We are incredibly proud to have built this magnificent landmark for Ireland. The stadium has already hosted some magnificent sporting occasions including the Europa League Final and has won an exceptionally positive response nationally and internationally.

We hope it will become a lasting legacy of innovative design and construction and will continue to be seen as the benchmark for sports stadia”.

The buildings are judged by shortlisting panels in each region, who visit schemes individually and meet to produce a list of buildings to be visited by the region's jury.

The RIBA Awards have been running continuously since 1966. No matter the shape, size, budget or location, winning schemes set the standard for great architecture. RIBA Awards are for buildings by RIBA Chartered Architects and RIBA International Fellows. Winners will be considered for the RIBA Stirling Prize.