Setanta Construction celebrates the success of the award-winning Dezeen project

Construction of Setanta supplied off-site constructed building enclosure components for the Richard Rogers drawing gallery located in the Chateaux La Coste park in Provence.

Designed by renowned international architects RSHP Architects, the project was named Small Building of the Year at the Dezeen Architecture Awards.

Organized by the globally influential architecture and design website Dezeen, the awards are the benchmark for international design excellence and the ultimate accolade for architects and designers.

Accessed by a small bridge and deliberately taking advantage of the breathtaking view of the Provençal landscape, the 120 square meter art gallery is almost entirely suspended with only four small footings touching the ground. Two pivot points have been placed at the edge of the hill, while two sets of tension rods tie the building to the ground to create the cantilever. The structure and shape of the gallery, which contains a white room that ends in a full-height, full-width window, was derived from the desire to frame the view.

Mark Gribbin, Director of Setanta Construction, said: “This is a fantastic reward for the project, and Setanta is delighted to have played a major role in its construction. We spent almost three months building and testing the interior frame components of the gallery here at our factory in Magherafelt before being transported to their location in Provence. Then, a few weeks of assembly on site before moving on to the next stage of construction.

“It was a truly collaborative approach, and I want to thank all of the business partners and industry experts involved in the design and construction of this engineering masterpiece.”

The Masters of Architecture Jury praised the remarkable engineering and level of craftsmanship required to complete the design saying, “This project is magical in its simplicity of thought and complexity of execution. The underlying design concept is very clear and has been translated almost perfectly into the built form, which required an extraordinary feat of engineering.”

The 11 project winners will now compete to be named the Global Architecture Project of the Year, which will be revealed at the Dezeen Awards 2022 event in London on November 29.

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