Competition Winner:Irish Architecture Regional Awards 1998
The Arranmore Holiday Village was designed and build as a result of the first ever Irish holiday homes design competition. The award winning design was submitted by Dublin based architects, O'Dowd, O'Herlihy Horan Architects. The competition was organised by The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland on behalf of Comharchumann Oileán Árainn Mhóir Teo. The project was backed by Údarás na Gaeltachta and Donegal County Council.
The winning scheme was judged to have most effectively addressed itself to the key issues of orientation, access, appropriate design and sense of place.
The assessors report described the layout of the entry as 'an apparently artless distribution' along the contours of the island site 'generating an interesting non-pretentious relationship with the rock out-crop.' The proposed assembly of buildings 'comes from the use of traditional materials and appropriate technology in a rationalist straightforward style.'
The Arranmore Holiday Village was officially opened in 1997 by Jean Kennedy-Smith.