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Dún Laoghaire LexIcon Library and Cultural Centre has won both the Overall Excellence Award and the Sustainability Award in the 2015 Schueco Excellence Awards. The winning building, designed by Carr Cotter Naessens Architects, was described by the judging panel as “a beautifully made, beautifully crafted building that looks like it’ll be here for a long time. An excellent piece of architecture.” DLR LexIcon was initially met with resistance from the public. Now if you visit it on any given day there are crowds of people milling through the space, some studying, some reading, some researching, but most are there to have a look.
Organised by Schueco UK in conjunction with RIBA Journal, Schueco Excellence Awards aim to recognise the very best in the design and installation of Schueco systems. Launched in 2014 to celebrate the very best in UK building design, the Schueco Excellence Awards have nine separate categories covering more or less every sector of the industry. The only stipulation for entry is that the building submitted should include at least one Schueco system, which DLR LexIcon uses extensively.
The winners in the other award categories were: the Turnmill office building, Clerkenwell (Best Commercial Building); Library of Birmingham (Best Cultural Building); JW3 Community Centre, north London (Best Education Building); Dorset Shepherds Bush Hotel, London (Best Refurbishment Project); Calvin Street, Shoreditch (Best Residential Development); Reid Building, Glasgow (Best Steel Project) and The National Graphene Institute, Manchester (Lakesmere Group – Best Specialist Contractor).
The 2015 judging panel comprised: Hugh Pearman (chairman; editor of RIBA Journal and architecture critic for The Sunday Times); Paul Monaghan (director of Allford Hall Monaghan Morris); Joanna Bacon (managing partner of Allies and Morrison) and José Hernàndes-Gil (associate at Duggan Morris).