Scott Tallon Walker

Dr Ronnie Tallon has been awarded the inaugural James Gandon Medal, a lifetime achievement award, by the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland. Dr Tallon’s designs are evident all over Ireland, from the Papal Cross in the Phoenix Park, Carroll’s Cigarette Factory in Dundalk; and the O’Reilly Hall, UCD to Spencer Dock Development and the Gate Theatre. Most Irish people will have worked, slept, ate, worshiped in or walked by one of his designs over their lifetime. “Dr Tallon’s impact on the landscape of Ireland is arguably greater than any other person’s of our time. Everywhere you look around Ireland, you can see evidence of his work,” said Paul Keogh, President, RIAI, at the awards ceremony.

Dr Tallon was nominated for the medal by RIAI president, Mr Paul Keogh. The nomination was unanimously passed by the council of the RIAI. The medal is the first life time achievement award that the RIAI have ever bestowed on an individual.

For part of the twentieth century, Dr Tallon and his practice were the only architects in Ireland to gain international recognition for the continuous excellence of their buildings. While Irish architecture has changed dramatically since the 1960s, Dr Tallon’s work still retains a special pre-eminence, not just for his landmark buildings of distinction, but for a large body of work of consistent and continuous quality, produced over a career spanning six decades.

Scott Tallon Walker, Dr Tallon’s practice, is one of the leading architectural firms in Europe and one of the few to have been awarded a prestigious Gold Medal by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Entrusted with important projects commissioned by both public institutions and large private companies, Dr Tallon and his practice has long been recognised for producing well-designed buildings of a consistent high quality



Two projects, one in Ireland and one in Canada, shared the inaugural ONCE prize at WAF for accessible design. They were the Aviva Stadium in Dublin designed by Populous and Scott Tallon Walker, and the West Vancouver Community Centre in Canada designed by Hughes Condon Marler Architects. All projects shortlisted at WAF were eligible to enter the ONCE awards.

Aviva Stadium was Highly Commended in the World Architecture Festival in Barcelona in the Sport category.

Congratulations to all the winners. Futher information on the World Architecture Festival is available at World Architecture Festival

Irish Success At the World Architecture Festival, Barcelona


The best of Irish architectural design was honoured at the 11th annual OPUS Architecture and Construction Awards at Plan Expo Green in the Convention Centre, Dublin on Tuesday, 2nd November 2010.

Scott Tallon Walker Architects in conjunction with Populous won an award in the Over €20 million category for Aviva Stadium which was constructed by John Sisk & Son.

Aviva Stadium was praised for being “contextually skillful” in the way its roof rises and falls to fit into its neighbourhood. The stadium was noted as an example of how good design can transform an ordinary brief on a difficult site through a few well-chosen and strategic moves.

Scott Tallon Walker were also commended for in the Over €20 million category for the Gibson Hotel, Dublin constructed by Michael Mcnamara and in the €2million to €20 million category for Humanities and Social Science Building NUI, Maynooth constructed by Walls Construction.

The OPUS Architecture & Construction Awards were devised by the organisers of Plan Expo (Expo Events) to reflect and reinforce the symbiotic relationship between design and construction.

Irish Times Article


The Association of Landscape Contractors of Ireland have awarded the Gibson Hotel the Overall Award for Landscaping in Ireland. The Bog Oak Trophy was presented at the awards ceremony which took place in Belfast on the 17th of October 2010.

The Judges citation states that the Landscaped Courtyard gardens at the Gibson Hotel are ‘….an excellent example of work completed to a very high standard.’ The adjudicators were also aware of the challenges encountered in developing gardens several floors above the ground in a modern building.”

The Gibson Hotel is part of the District Centre which forms part of the Point Village mixed use development in Dublin’s Docklands. The scheme is designed around a major new civic space, Point Square, which is bounded by the shopping and leisure complex and the O2 theatre.

The hotel is entered through a dramatic atrium which forms a memorable entrance to the pedestrian plaza. A concourse runs across the fully glazed south façade of the main public areas and links the restaurant and bar with the terrace. Two distinct experiences are on offer to the visitor. On the one hand the south facing glazed terrace with views down over the urban theatre of Point Square and all its activities and is a unique experience both by day and by night. On the other hand the bar and restaurant are arranged around a planted courtyard space offering a more intimate experience. Similarly the guest bedrooms offer two different experiences either opening onto a series of three heavily landscaped courtyard gardens or facing the pedestrian street to the west with spectacular view over the square and the city to the west.


Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, designed as a result of collaboration between global architects Populous and Dublin based architects, Scott Tallon Walker has been awarded a prize in the category of ‘The Architecture Award - Leisure & Hospitality’ at the International Property Awards 2010.

The form of the stadium developed as a response to the site conditions and expresses the several limitations that the site context placed on the project, while also providing optimal sight-lines for spectators and proximity to the pitch. The form allows for the highest tiers and hence the maximum number of spectators to be on the half way lines yet allows the building to sweep down to a single tier at the North end allowing daylight into the adjacent residential gardens and opening up the stadium bowl to the city.

The use of translucent and transparent polycarbonate for the external roofing and cladding allows for maximum light penetration through the building. The building skin reflects the light and the colours of the sky giving rise to a façade appearance that is constantly changing.

The curvilinear form reduces the visual mass and apparent height of the stadium in its residential neighbourhood by having no defined line between wall and roof. The transparent ‘shingled’ skin’s organic form wraps around the concourses, seating tiers and the pitch to enclose the atmospheric ‘cauldron’ of the seating bowl.

The organic form and the transparency of the external treatment dictated the approach to the internal planning and design. Accommodation is held back where possible from the external skin of the building to leave a continuous circulation around the perimeter of the floor plates. The main structural curved reinforced concrete ‘blades’ to the perimeter of the floor plates are expressed, and individually lit appearing as illuminated ‘ribs’ at night contrasting with the six cores rising through the building.

The International Property Awards in association with BLOOMBERG TELEVISION is open to residential and commercial property professionals from around the globe.

World Architecture News Artice


Seven buildings in Ireland have been shortlisted for the World Architecture Awards 2010 for which Scott Tallon Walker Architects have been shortlisted in two categories.

The Gibson Hotel at the Point Village in the Dublin Docklands has been shortlisted under the ‘Holiday’ category. The scheme is designed around a major new civic space, Point Square, which is bounded by the shopping and leisure complex, the O2 Arena, and a future 130 metre high landmark tower. The hotel atrium, a dramatic double curved structure of glue-laminated ribs and glass, is flanked by external panoramic lifts that bring guests to the public areas of the hotel and forms a memorable entrance to the pedestrian plaza.

Aviva Stadium has been shortlisted in the ‘Sport’ category. Scott Tallon Walker Architects were appointed joint architects with Populous to create the new international stadium for rugby and soccer at the site of the existing Lansdowne Road Stadium, Dublin, worthy of the history attached to the oldest international rugby ground in the world. The design includes the required 50,000 seating capacity and all the facilities expected in a modern stadium, and all within the existing restricted footprint.

The winners will be announced at the World Architecture Festival in Barcelona which takes place between the 3rd and the 5th of November 2010.

The Irish Times - Monday, August 2, 2010 - Seven buildings in Ireland shortlisted for design awards

Aviva Stadium publication in Architecture Ireland magazine


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