Performing Arts Centre

  • Location: South Docklands
  • Architect: Studio Daniel Libeskind / McCauley Daye O'Connell
  • Completed: N/A

The Grand Canal Theatre, designed by Architekt Daniel Libeskind, with McCauley Daye O’Connell as executive architects, creates a powerful cultural presence in the heart of the Dublin Docklands. The 2000-seat performing arts centre, operated by Live Nation, is accompanied by two adjoining galleria buildings providing high end retail and commercial office space.

The concept for the theatre is focused on its stage, and extending the idea of “stage” throughout the building. Viewed from the square, the theatre foyers become a multi-level stage behind the glass curtain of the main facade. Viewed from the multi-level platforms of the theatre foyers, the square acts as a grand outdoor stage and, of course, the final stage is the auditorium stage of the theatre itself.
 
The theatre is integrated into a commercial building complex that includes office and retail space. With their twin skin facades, glazed courtyards and landscaped roofs, the two office blocks offer sustainable state-of-the-art work environments.

When it is completed, the theatre will form one of the three principal façades of the new public square. The square itself acts as a grand outdoor lobby to the surrounding buildings, as well as creating a stage for civic gatherings, and has been designed by the world renowned landscape architect Martha Schwartz of New York.

Posted by Reflecting City Team on Monday, September 22, 2008
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