Adam Byrne tied for First Place with 167 points.
His submission included minimal intervention to the site and historic buildings, adhering to the existing footprint.
Daniel Simon received an Honorable Mention for his score of 162 points.
Daniel's submission included an innovative ceiling structure inspired by Shigeru Ban's work in the Centre Pompidou in Metz, FR.
From September to December 2016 we ran a Student Design Contest for students at Irish universities studying architecture or related fields. The prize is 1000 Euros, and an opportunity to see the design go forward if we can implement all or parts of it.
We received 13 entries from the Wexford Institute of Technology, where the third year architecture students all entered as part of a semester's work. As the contest had been incorporated into the university project, the students had to create a design where the castle could be used as a leather workshop, sales room and living space. Professor Garry Miley led the students and did a great job of incorporating our project and the leatherworking industry.
Other schools were invited also, but did not participate. We learned that it was difficult for students to add an external project to their existing course load without university or professor support.
We recruited an international panel of six professionals to judge the designs. The entries were judged on six categories worth up to nine points each with a total possible maximum (perfect) score of 324 points.