Liberty Corner

  • Location: NEIC
  • Architect: HKR Architects
  • Completed: 2005
  • Location: NEIC
  • Architects: HKR ARCHITECTS
  • Completed: 2005

Liberty Corner is a new landmark civic building located in Dublin’s North East Inner City Regeneration area. It is a complex mixed-use project of 9,400m2 accommodating an arts centre, including Ireland’s largest dance centre, a crèche, retail and enterprise units, and 65 private apartments built as a design and build contract. The buildings make up an entire city block and form the new urban edge of Foley Park, James Joyce Street and Foley Street.

The development of Liberty Corner is the product of a Public-Private Partnership between Dublin City Council and the developers, McCabe Builders. Planning specifications required the materials of the complex be of sufficiently high quality to compliment the objectives of the North East Inner City Integrated Area Plan.

The municipal arts building houses Dance Space, the new home for the Association of Professional Dancers of Ireland. The building contains seven world standard dance studios with seven-metre clear ceilings and carefully considered natural lighting through full-height picture windows and Reglit glass panels. The centre also provides teaching spaces, changing rooms and administration spaces as well as a café on the ground floor. The arts centre is known as The Lab and contains a large double-height ground floor exhibition space, flexible studio spaces, specific artist studios and administration facilities. Since the building was completed in mid 2005, the cultural elements of the development have been organised by Dublin City Council.

The mixed, one-, two- and three-bedroom private residential apartments surround a first floor landscaped courtyard. The courtyard area is shared by the cultural functions of the building and this provides additional life and vitality to this often ill-conceived but fundamental amenity of urban living.

The apartments are built of brick and incorporate brick returns to balconies to express the solidity and quality of the materials. Public elements are made of rich Jura limestone with large glazed panels expressing the large seven-metre high dance studios and cultural spaces within. The ground floor enterprise and retail areas are clad in dark Kilkenny limestone, which provides a durable and timeless quality to the building base and public areas.

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Posted by Reflecting City Team on Tuesday, September 16, 2008
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