‘Ireland’s favourite building’: House based on traditional stone walls wins public choice award

The Galway building by Taylor McCarney Architects is the second home to win the award

Field, Stonewall, House in Co Galway is this year’s winner of the public choice category in the Irish Architecture Awards.

The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland announced on Tuesday that the Galway house by Taylor McCarney Architects was voted Ireland's favourite building.

The design was devised as a series of parallel field stone walls, that fit within the rural setting in the west of Ireland. The project considered how such a building could "grow" from the site and in terms of scale, materials, colour and landscape.

Objects in the home’s surrounding landscape, an apple tree, a shed (a childhood memory) and views to the mountain, Coill Chnoc Meadha, are adopted and framed within the house.


This is the second house to win the public choice award.

There was a total of 39 projects on the shortlist, which included residential homes, commercial spaces, schools, heritage locations and public spaces, from across Ireland completed in 2020, with all projects designed by registered architects based in the country.

Ciaran O’Connor, RIAI president, said: “It gives me great pleasure to announce that Taylor McCarney Architect’s project Field, Stonewall, House has been chosen as Ireland’s favourite building. We have all come to realise the importance of good design in our homes over the last 16 months and this project is a prime example of this. People invest significant funds in their homes and this project shows how working with a registered architect can lead to quality outcomes.”

The full list of RIAI Irish Architecture Awards winners will be announced on Friday, July 9th on the RIAI website.