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RIAI Gold Medal Winner 1938-1940

  • Dublin Airport
  • Architect:
    Desmond Fitzgerald, OPW
  • Award Year: 1938-1940
  • Location: Dublin
Dublin Airport


This was the first first building of the national airline Aer Lingus. Under the direction of Desmond Fitzgerald, an architectural team designed this pioneering building in a confidant international style.

The elegant and meticulous design, for what was then a relatively new building type, did not receive the international recognition it deserved when completed in 1940, due to wartime censorship.

This entire project was a deliberate attempt at ‘total design’, with the architects choosing fabric, cutlery and even menu cards.

The building is a nostalgic reminder of a time when air travel was exciting and glamorous.