“Sound Yard” wins RSUA JP Corry Early Career Design Competition

24 October 2019

At this year’s Architecture Night, “Sound Yard” was announced as the winning project of the RSUA/JP Corry CityPlay Design Competition in partnership with the Titanic Foundation. 

The competition challenged Early Career Architects to generate ideas for the integration of play into the landscape of Belfast City Centre, specifically along the Martime Mile. The winning project was a collaboration between Matthew Kernan, Hannah Wilson and Eunan Deeney.

The CityPlay Design Competition was open to any architect either living or born on the island of Ireland who has been actively in work as an architect for less than 15 years, consecutively or otherwise. The prize is to develop a concept with Titanic Foundation and to deliver the project. 

L-R: Joan McCoy, RSUA President; Chris McComb, JP Corry with winners of the RSUA JP Corry Early Career Design Competition Hannah Wilson, Matthew Kernan and Eunan Deeney.

Announced at Architecture Night on Friday 19th October, this annual celebration aims to raise the profile of Architecture in Northern Ireland and focus on how the power of architecture can be used to bring about positive change.  The former Masonic Hall of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Antrim in Rosemary Street, Belfast played host to the evening, which saw a crowd of over 300 people come together to celebrate local architecture. 

Chris Mc Comb, JP Corry Specialist Sales Manager commented: “The standard of entries continue to rise in this competition. Congratulations to every applicant and in particular the winning project “Sound Yard” - the quality and talent of our local architects is truly exceptional. Belfast is evolving and the future design of the city is vital. The CityPlay Design Competition is an excellent way to get young people thinking about the role that architecture plays and what it can do for Northern Ireland. We’re delighted to continue our support of the competition and Architecture Night”. 

Winning Entry: Sound Yard 

The winning entry “Sound Yard” was unanimously selected by the Judges.  The design offers interactive play opportunities while evoking the sounds of the former ship yard.  It also integrates well into the existing landscape and creates a marker along the pedestrian route from the city centre to the maritime mile attractions. The Judges considered the entry concept will enable development of a practical scheme that can be delivered within the time and budget available. To find out more about the winner’s submission click here