Scott Tallon Walker

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.

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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


"Through its siting, mixed use and considered use of appropriate technologies, this inner city building invigorates a difficult site and seamlessly integrates all aspects of sustainability on a wider socio- economic scale. From re-use of an existing building, to the sourcing of local materials and the impact on the local community it serves as a model of well mannered urban redevelopment with solid environmental concerns integrated into the design." - RIAI Award Jury Citation

Located on a prominently elevated Victorian terrace to the north side of Cork City, St Patrick's Place presents a confident modern design, in harmony with surrounding heritage, avoiding a pastiche solution commonly adopted in such a context. With careful selection of materials, crafted detailing, and sympathetic proportion, it presents a well considered composition to both Wellington Road and the lower city wide context to the south.

Providing quality showroom, office and living accommodation, it includes model solutions in sustainability, and is a welcome addition to this historic part of Cork City. The development potential of the site was realised with innovative use of a car lift, providing access to a double semi basement. Articulating the structural solution with detailed stone pilasters and facia’s, a vertical rhythm is created. The main entrance is announced in composition by extending the stair core to break the parapet line, an eco of the dominant gable of the existing building to the west. The design creates a balance between the aspiration of maximised daylight to the modern working environment, and that of the punched brick facades of the adjacent architecture.


Minister for the Environment John Gormley officially opened the new Department of the Environment offices in Wexford on Friday 18th June. Part of the Government’s decentralisation programme, the new offices already have more than 180 staff working on the new campus, with forty additional workers due to transfer over the next three months. The 6,500sq m curved building is on a wedge-shaped site sloping towards the Slaney estuary and was designed to be eco-friendly.

Minister John Gormley congratulated architects Scott Tallon Walker and Peter Dudley, the lead architect. “I have responsibility for promoting environmental sustainability, regulating building standards and promoting architectural quality. This building gives physical expression to these policies…High quality architecture and urban design have a real place in the pursuit of sustainability. I believe this building shows how we get it right when we invest in good quality design and high building standards.”


The Public Choice Award is an important part of the RIAI Annual Irish Architecture Awards. The public are invited to vote for their favourite building from the 55 on this year's shortlist. The building which receives the most votes will be the winner. Voting closes on Friday 18 June. The Public Choice Award will be announced on 21 June 2010 as one of the RIAI Irish Architecture Awards 2010.

The RIAI is the Regulatory and support body for Architects in Ireland. The RIAI works to maintain and develop an environment in which good architecture and a quality built environment can be delivered by architects to the social, cultural, economic and environmental benefit of Ireland.

St Patrick's Place located on a prominently elevated terrace to the north side of Cork City, in an Architectural Conservation Area, this mixed use development presents a confident modern selection of materials, crafted detailing, and sympathetic proportion, it presents a well considered facade to both Wellington Road and the city wide context to the south.

The new development at St. Patrick's Place, Cork was shortlisted for the 2009/2010 Green Awards in the Sustainable Building category.


Scott Tallon Walker Architects is pleased to announce the launch of their new website

In collaboration with Redbox Media and Salter Baxter, we have redeveloped our website. The new website is a strategic medium which provides us with the best opportunity to portray the unparalleled expertise our people and the diversity of our projects to the widest audience possible.

The website is optimised for a broad range of browsers including hand held browsers such as iPhones. New and exciting forms of media including Vimeo, Flickr, Twitter and Linkedin are being employed to communicate the work of Scott Tallon Walker Architects.


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