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RIAI Gold Medal Winner 1983-1985

  • Calvert House Offices
  • Architect:
    Kennedy Fitzgerald Architects
  • Award Year: 1983-1985
  • Location: Belfast
Calvert House Offices

Citation

Calvert House is an extremely successful exercise in infilling a modern office building between existing Victorian buildings in a Belfast street. It is an unusual pleasure to be able to consider a speculative office building for the RIAI Gold Medal, as this building type is notoriously bad at relating to its neighbours.

The building achieves beauty by using a bold combination of large industrialised curtain wall components in its central bay with the more neighbourly smaller scale of masonry in the recesses next to the Victorian buildings. Overall, the facade gives a sense of creativity and playfulness, which is a welcome contrast to the formal treatment of so many speculatively built office buildings.