National Eisteddfod of Wales’ Gold Medal 2018

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National Eisteddfod of Wales’ Gold Medal 2018

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National Eisteddfod of Wales’ Gold Medal for Architecture 2018 Shortlist

Shortlist for the National Eisteddfod of Wales’ Gold Medal for Architecture

A community hub, a private residence, an art gallery redevelopment, a conservation project and a hospice are in the running for a major prize for architecture.

Cletwr shop and café near Machynlleth, Vila Mir at Abergavenny. Swansea’s Glynn Vivi an Art Gallery, Yr Ysgwrn, Trawsfynydd and St David’s Hospice In-patients Unit at Newport were announced as potential contenders for the prestigious award at a reception at The Exchange Hotel, Cardiff.

Supported by the Design Commission for Wales, and awarded in association with the Royal Society of Architects in Wales, the Gold Medal for Architecture recognises the importance of architecture in the nation’s culture and honours architects achieving the highest design standards. It is awarded to buildings completed between 1 January 2015 and 1 March 2018.

The full National Eisteddfod of Wales’ Gold Medal for Architecture Shortlist for 2018 includes:

Cletwr, Tre’r ddôl

A community-run shop, cafe and community hub with a flexible meeting space. It is energy efficient, spacious, light and welcoming, and includes communal facilities such as external seating, local and tourist information, a children’s play area, book shelves for a book exchange and a library, and display areas for local art.


The original shop and café was built by a local family in the 1960’s as part of a petrol station, which closed in 2010. Three years later local volunteers decided to resurrect this much missed focal point and set up a non-profit community group to run the venture.


The building was designed by Machynlleth practice George + Tomos Architects.

photos © Anthony Jarret

Vila Mir, Abergavenny

A family home on a sloping garden site with views of the surrounding landscape. The footprint of the house sits between existing retained trees. The bedroom accommodation is organised at entrance level whilst the main living spaces are arranged at garden level below.

Vila Mir

The masonry chimney is central to the plan where the two levels meet allowing the internal and external spaces to be organised around it The external covered areas and roof terrace allow the house to be enjoyed inside and out, all year round.

Vila Mir

The main method of construction is timber frame and the building is clad in dark stained,overlapping timber boards. The family have named the house ‘Vila Mir’, house of peace. Designed by Loyn + Co., Penarth

Vila Mir
photos © Charles Hosea

Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea

Redevelopment and conservation of the original 1911Grade II* listed gallery and renewal and re-cladding of 1974 building, providing full access to both public and private areas. A new café, shop and reception area were delivered, with a new entrance at pavement level, and a large public lift to all floors, which also facilitates the safe movement of artworks.

Glynn Vivian Art Gallery

Following the demolition of the existing single storey building at the rear, a new three storey spine building was constructed providing a new gallery, learning studio, community spaces, lecture theatre, conservation studios and office accommodation. The introduction of new mechanical and electrical systems has improved the environmental conditions within the galleries, both for the care of the gallery’s own collections, and to meet the highest standards for borrowing artworks for display. Designed by Powell Dobson, Cardiff

Glynn Vivian Art Gallery
photos © Phil Boorman

Yr Ysgwrn, Trawsfynydd

This 19th century farmstead represents the life and achievements of one of Wales’ most famous poets, Hedd Wyn.

Yr Ysgwrn

The repair of the existing farmhouse and outbuilding and the construction of a new curved grass roof barn and a contemporary earth-sheltered extension has delivered an innovative museum and visitor destination in Snowdonia.

Yr Ysgwrn Snowdonia

Hedd Wyn (Ellis Humphrey Evans) was killed during the First World War. He was posthumously awarded the 1917 National Eisteddfod Chair at Birkenhead for his ode, ‘Yr Arwr’ (The Hero). Yr Ysgwrn remains a working agricultural farm. Designed by Purcell, Conwy.

Yr Ysgwrn Trawsfynydd

Yr Ysgwrn building in North Wales
photos © Paul McMullin

St David’s Hospice In-patients Unit, Newport

This new in-patient unit has fifteen bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms organised on ground level, to support accessibility and nursing. It also accomodates clinical offices, bathrooms, sluices and social areas.

St Davids Hospice In-patients Unit

All bedrooms face a levelled garden area and have impressive views toward the Brecon Beacons. Each has large bi-fold doors that allow the feeling of being outside, even for those too vulnerable to go fully outside.

St Davids Hospice In-patients Unit building in Wales

A campus feel has been achieved by using the longer leg of the building to define a rectangular landscaped quadrangle. The site is steep and is set within amenity land, between housing estates on the edge of the city.

St Davids Hospice In-patients Unit Wales

This Welsh building was designed by KKE Architects, Worcester, western England.

St Davids Hospice In-patients Unit
photos © Stale Eriksen

Two of the shortlisted projects and their design teams have already won a number of awards this year. Yr Ysgwrn was awarded the Royal Society of Architects Wales Building of the Year 2018. It also secured the RSAW Conservation Award for architects Purcell and their client Snowdonia National Park Authority. Furthermore, Purcell’s Elgan Jones won the 2018 Project Architect of the Year award. Emma Saysell, Chief Executive of St David’s Hospice Care was named 2018 RSAW Client of the Year.

Carole-Anne Davies, Chief Executive of the Design Commission for Wales, said: “The shortlist places the spotlight on a genuinely rich mix of projects each with distinct strengths, addressing, as excellent architecture always does, the most powerful cultural and community values in a society. We do not envy the task ahead for selectors.”

The shortlist was drawn up by selectors and architects Kay Hyde and Alun Jones. After further deliberation over the coming month, one of the shortlisted buildings may be awarded the Gold Medal for Architecture on 4 August 2018 at the National Eisteddfod of Wales held in Cardiff.

Selector Alun Jones said: “Drawing up the shortlist for this year’s Architecture Gold Medal was an interesting prospect due to the range and variety of the projects submitted. The shortlist we arrived at has work from both the public and private sphere and a variety of scale and complexity. Despite this range, the work is united by a clarity of vision and ambition which singled it out for inclusion on the list.”

Mary Wrenn, director of the Royal Society of Architects in Wales, said: “The 2018 shortlist covers a wide range of project types of the highest quality. This demonstrates that architects across Wales are producing outstanding results for their clients, often working in challenging geographic locations and within very tight budgets”.

All five shortlisted projects for the Gold Medal will be visited by landscape and built environment photographer, James Morris, and poet, Morgan Owen, who will respond in verse. This will form the basis of the Architecture in Wales exhibition at the Senedd during the National Eisteddfod of Wales from 4 – 11 August. Supported through the partnership between the National Eisteddfod of Wales, Design Commission for Wales and the Royal Society of Architects in Wales, the exhibition aims to raise the profile of architecture in Wales and communicate the contribution the built environment makes to the country.

The National Eisteddfod of Wales’ Gold Medal for Architecture was established through the efforts of architect and town planner, Thomas Alwyn Lloyd (1881 – 1960). It was first offered in 1954 but never awarded during his lifetime. The first accolade was awarded in 1960 to Grenfell Baines & Hargreaves of Preston for the Warehouse and Offices of H J Heinz Ltd, Western Avenue, Cardiff. The Award is made in association with the Royal Society of Architects in Wales and has been supported by the Design Commission for Wales since 2009.

National Eisteddfod of Wales’ Gold Medal 2018 Selectors

Kay Hyde (Hyde + Hyde Architects, Swansea, Cardiff and Amsterdam)
Alun Jones (Dow Jones Architects, London)

Recent winners of the Gold Medal for Architects

2017 Stride Treglown for Ysgol Bae Baglan school, Port Talbot

2016 Hall + Bednarczyk for Llandegfedd Visitor and Watersports centre near Pontypool

2015 Loyn + Co for Milbrook House, a home in Cardiff

2014 Loyn + Co for Stormy Castle, a Code 5 family home in Gower

2013 John Pardey Architects for Trewarren, a five-bedroom house in the Pembrokeshire
Coast National Park

2012 HLM Architects, Cardiff for Archbishop McGrath Catholic High School, Bridgend

2011 Ellis Williams Architects, Warrington for Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno

2010 Medal withheld

2009 Ray Hole Architects, Croydon for Hafod Eryri, Snowdon

2008 Purcell Miller Tritton, Bristol for Blaenavon World Heritage Centre

2007 Loyn + Co., Penarth for the Water Tower, Cyncoed, Cardiff

2006 Richard Rogers, London for the Senedd, National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff

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Winner for the National Eisteddfod of Wales Gold Medal for Architecture 2017

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National Eisteddfod of Wales’ Gold Medal for Architecture Winner in 2017

Gold Medal for Architecture awarded to designers behind Welsh ‘super school’

Saturday 5 August 2017 – Stride Treglown, the architects behind a new £40 million ‘super school’ in Port Talbot, which has brought together three comprehensive and one primary school on one 15 hectare site, have won the prestigious Gold Medal for Architecture at the National Eisteddfod of Wales.

Ysgol Bae Baglan, Port Talbot

Photographs below by James Morris

Ysgol Bae Baglan Port Talbot School Building |

2017 National Eisteddfod of Wales Gold Medal for Architecture images / information from NE

National Eisteddfod of Wales Architecture Scholarship

Myfyr Jones-Evans drawing
drawing by Myfyr Jones-Evans

National Eisteddfod of Wales’ Gold Medal for Architecture 2017 Shortlist – excerpts below

Rhyl High School, Denbighshire
Rhyl High School, Denbighshire

photo © Daniel Hopkinson

Ysgol Bae Baglan, Port Talbot
Ysgol Bae Baglan, Port Talbot, Wales

photo © Jones Millbank

CUBRIC (Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre)
CUBRIC Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre Building, Wales

photo © John Seaman

Silver House, Southgate, Gower 
Silver House, Southgate, Gower, Wales

photo © David Schnabel for further information.

National Eisteddfod of Wales’ Gold Medal for Architecture 2016

National Eisteddfod of Wales’ Gold Medal for Architecture Shortlist 2016
Bangor University Pontio

Shortlist for the National Eisteddfod of Wales Gold Medal for Architecture – 2015

Eisteddfod Architecture Pavilion
image by winning architects

Eisteddfod Architecture Pavilion Winner

To see all listed projects on a single map please follow this link.

Welsh Architecture

Merthyr Learning Quarter, southeast Wales
RMJM architects
Merthyr Tydfil Building
image from architects

Welsh Further Education College
Planning permission has been granted for the Merthyr Learning Quarter Project (MLQ), which is being designed by RMJM’s London studio.

Welsh Building Photos

North Wales Building Photos
Conwy Castle Wales
photo © Adrian Welch
North Wales Buildings Photos

Welsh Architecture – Recent Projects

Ty Hedfan, Brecon, south Wales
Featherstone Young
Ty Hedfan
picture © Featherstone Young

Brecon house

University of Wales, Newport – City Campus, Newport, southeast Wales
Newport City Centre Campus
photo © Martine Hamilton Knight

Newport City Campus

Bangor University Pontio, northwest Wales
Architect: Grimshaw
Pontio Bangor University
image : Grimshaw

Bangor University Pontio

Newport Station, Newport, southeast Wales
Architects: Grimshaw with Atkins
Newport Station
image from architect

Newport Station

Welsh Architecture Competition – Recent Contests

Welsh Building Competition, Glyndwr University, Wrexham, northeast Wales
Welsh Building Competition
image © 1AX Architetti Associati
Welsh Building Competition

Welsh Housing Competition – RIBA
Welsh Architecture Competition : Lawrenny village, Pembrokeshire

Website: National Eisteddfod of Wales’ Gold Medal 2017 Winning Architects – Stride Treglown

Cardiff Architecture

Swansea Architecture


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