Designing an Architectural Pavilion for Belfast

16 August 2016
Ciaran McConnell, Managing Director of JP Corry (Ireland), Paul Crowe, RSUA President, Chris McComb, Sales Manager at JP Corry and Ciaran Fox, RSUA Director launch the pavilion design competition at the Jaffe Fountain - a fragment of Belfast's architectural history and the one of the few existing structures in the city that could be considered to be a mini-pavilion.

Designing an Architectural Pavilion for Belfast

RSUA and JP Corry have launched a competition for young architects to design an architectural pavilion for Belfast. 

The competition has been inspired by the annual Serpentine pavilion in London’s Hyde Park and the success of the Yellow Pavilion in Kings Cross last year which was designed by Belfast practice Hall McKnight as part of an international programme of events to showcase Irish design talent. 

Paul Crowe, RSUA President, said, “To the best of my knowledge Belfast hasn’t had an architectural pavilion in recent history. We hope this competition can kickstart a process that changes that. A temporary pavilion can enrich the cityscape and delight the public by really challenging our pre-conceived ideas of what buildings should be. This presents a wonderful chance to celebrate the power of architecture to create places that uplift the soul and impact on wellbeing.” 

The competition asks architects to design a pavilion that recognises the role of buildings in addressing climate change whilst embracing an overarching theme of ‘comfort’. 

Ciaran McConnell, Managing Director of JP Corry (Ireland), said, “With buildings accounting for 40% of carbon dioxide emissions in Ireland and the UK the challenge for architects is to create low energy buildings that provide an attractive, inspiring and joyful environment; to create places where people want to be. This pavilion design competition is a unique opportunity to explore that challenge and to find innovative ways to put the Saint-Gobain Multi-Comfort (JP Corry's parent company)building concept into practice.”

Ciarán Fox, RSUA Director, added, “The competition provides local architects under the age of 40 with a platform to unleash their creativity and to showcase their talent. With Belfast being the only city on the island of Ireland to have been accepted into the worldwide 100 Resilient Cities Network we thought it would be fitting for the competition to help explore the role of the city’s built environment in addressing climate change.”

“Whilst there aren’t plans in the current year for the winning design to be constructed, we believe that this competition can act as a catalyst for the future inclusion of architectural pavilions in Northern Ireland’s physical and cultural landscape.”

Registration is now open until 26th August 2016 and competition entries must be submitted by 7th October 2016. Click here to register.

For full details on the design brief and the entry process read our short Guide to the Multi-Comfort Pavilion Design Competition 2016.

Entries will be accepted from individuals who are Chartered, Associate or Student RSUA members or ARB registered architects working in/born in Northern Ireland under the age of 40 as of 7th October 2016.