Derry’s Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin has been shortlisted for one of the world’s most prestigious architectural awards, the Sterling Prize.
The Great James’ Street building, which was designed by Dublin architects, O’Donnell & Tuomey, has already picked up a number of architectural awards, is one of six buildings nominated for the Sterling Prize. The winner will be announced at a televised awards ceremony in October.
Gearóid Ó hEára, chief executive at An Chultúrlann, said the nomination will assist the revival of the Irish language. “This building has been a major success for the city and for the Irish language, with tens of thousand of visitors participating in the activities, events and services we provide.
“The design style of the building, its city centre location and the functions which it delivers make a powerful statement about the state of the language and culture in Derry at the start of this millennium. This is a testimony to past Irish language activists from this city and a legacy to the young activists of future who will take this language revival to a new level. We are very proud that the building has made it onto this prestigious awards list, it is due recognition for the hard work and creativity demonstrated by the architects.”