Architecture Night is a celebration all about connecting people who want to make Northern Ireland a more attractive place through great architecture, and this year it was held in the former Masonic Hall of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Antrim in Rosemary Street, Belfast. This three-storey stone piece of hidden Belfast was designed by Young & Mackenzie and is finding new purpose in the regeneration of Belfast City Centre.
Architecture Night is held in unique locations which showcase elements of our built environment and the regenerative role it plays in society. Previous events have been held in the Belfast Telegraph building, Kings Works in the Titanic Quarter, and Carlisle Memorial Church. Mark Simpson hosts an event which is in three parts:
Following the establishment of the RSUA Climate Emergency Committee this year Architecture Night embraced the sustainability agenda. RSUA believes it is necessary to lead by example and we sought to run an event of this scale using no disposable items (glasses, crockery, cutlery) and even our menu was vegetable based and, where possible, locally sourced, all with the aim of reducing our environmental impact.
The RSUA/JP Corry CityPlay Design Competition, in partnership with the Titanic Foundation, challenges Early Career Architects to generate ideas for the integration of play into the landscape of Belfast city centre, specifically along the Maritime Mile. With urban play as a theme, we created a games room in the former Masonic Hall where we played:
- Basket Case
- Connect 4 Shots
- Ging Gong
- Hot Shot Coffee Pot
- Table Tennis
- The Tube Tester
For the first year, we used Slido to poll those present for a popular vote on who should win the RSUA JP Corry Design Competition and after a short period in second place, Sound Yard came out on top: