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Two projects were shortlisted for the RIAI Irish Architects Awards 2018 feature high-performance External Wall Insulation manufactured by Saint-Gobain Weber. To highlight and promote the work of Irish Architects and the role architecture plays in society, the RIAI organises and presents the Architecture Awards.

In its 29th year, the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) Architectural Awards Public Choice Category are the most prestigious of their kind in Ireland. They celebrate the quality of current work by RIAI members at home and abroad and create awareness of the contribution that architects make to society for everyone’s benefit.

They spotlighted projects that reflected this quality of work.

The shortlisted projects include the exceptional Dorset Point student housing in Dublin which was designed by Henry J. Lyons. Dorset Point is home to 447 students and offers state of the art facilities.

The other project is called One Microsoft Place, designed by RKD Architects, an award-winning international design group based in Dublin. This 34,000sqm campus has been constructed for £134m and houses close to 2,000 staff.  The building marks another step in Microsoft’s cultural shift and features an LED waterfall and digital lake, an indoor mountain and a ‘DreamSpace’.

SSAI is accredited by the BBA and Webertherm XM External Wall Insulation is used in both projects. Thermal insulation is provided by the mesh cloth reinforced polymer renders on this lightweight system. The material is suitable for resurfacing and for new construction projects, and is compatible with a variety of insulation types and construction systems, and can be finished with a choice of colour and decorative finish options.

“Saint-Gobain Weber is proud to be associated with both of these innovative and exemplary projects and send sincere congratulations to the property owners and the designers for being shortlisted in this prestigious Award,” says Tracey Dempster, head of marketing, Saint-Gobain Weber.

Interested in keeping track of the RIAI awards in 2021?

RIAI Public Choice Award shortlisted projects for 2021 are listed alphabetically here. The RIAI Awards are the premier architectural awards in Ireland, celebrating their 32nd anniversary this year. Architecture's contribution to society and excellence in design is celebrated in the RIAI Awards. Shortlisted projects were selected by the Jury from anonymous entries following an open call for entries. The Public Choice Award provides the public with a unique opportunity to choose their favourite project from the shortlist.

For more information about the award and the shortlisted applications, visit for more information.

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