A contemporary art gallery in Llandudno, has won the Gold Medal for Architecture at the Wrexham & District 2011 National Eisteddfod of Wales. In awarding the accolade, the selectors, Mhairi McVicar and Simon Venables described the Mostyn Gallery as “a civic landmark of national importance to Wales”.
Ellis Williams Architects of Warrington were employed to add two new galleries to the existing ones in the Grade II listed building. They were given a brief that the new galleries should have “simplicity, subtlety and sophistication plus one or two surprises,” and the selectors were said to have found these qualities in abundance in the redesigned gallery.
Mhairi McVicar and Simon Venables said: “We were impressed by the way natural light had been brought into the building and the gallery spaces link together seamlessly, not only providing the ideal environment for exhibits, but clearly a highly enjoyable and uplifting space for visitors.”
“The Mostyn Gallery was selected as worthy of the Gold Medal for Architecture both for its highly ambitious and beautifully executed architectural response, but also for the subtlety demonstrated in working with a listed building, and the generosity of the urban response in highlighting the gallery as a civic landmark of national importance to Wales.”
The Gold Medal for Architecture, sponsored by the Design Commission for Wales, is given in conjunction with the Royal Society of Architects in Wales. The aim of this award is to draw attention to the importance of architecture in the nation’s culture and to honour architects achieving the highest design standards.
The number of visitors who attended the Eisteddfod on the first day were 17,881, whilst 1,586 went along to the opening night performance by Wales’ Three Tenors.