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Grand Canal Square Theatre
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DESIGNER
 
 
Daniel Libeskind

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DESCRIPTION
 
Daniel Libeskind Grand Canal Theatre DublinThe concept of the Grand Canal Square Theatre and Commercial Development is to build a powerful cultural presence expressed in dynamic volumes sculpted to project a fluid and transparent public dialogue with the cultural, commercial and residential surroundings whilst communicating the various inner forces intrinsic to the Theatre and office buildings. This composition creates a dynamic urban gathering place and icon mirroring the joy and drama emblematic of Dublin itself.

Daniel Libeskind Grand Canal Theatre DublinThe 2000 seat Grand Canal Theatre is a landmark that creates a focus for its urban context, specifically Grand Canal Square, the new urban piazza at the waterfront of Grand Canal Harbour. The architectural concept of the Theatre is based on stages: the stage of the Theatre itself, the stage of the piazza, and the stage of the multiple level Theatre lobby above the piazza. The Theatre becomes the main façade of a large public piazza that has a five star hotel and residences on one side and an office building on the other. The piazza acts as a grand outdoor lobby for the Theatre, itself becoming a stage for civic gathering with the dramatic Theatre elevation as a backdrop offering platforms for viewing. From its rooftop terrace, the Theatre offers spectacular views out over the Dublin Harbour.

The Theatre is integrated into the Commercial Development by office buildings that include 45,500 square meters of leasable office and retail space. With their twin facades, glazed atriums and landscaped roofs, the two office blocks offer sustainable state of the art work environments. By designing multi-story glazed atriums, the commercial buildings integrate with the adjacent retail, residential, cultural and public space components. Three prominent entrances make the buildings accessible from Grand Canal Square, Misery Hill and from Cardiff Lane. Although both offices are designed in the same architectural language, each responds to its site uniquely. Two Grand Canal Square (South Block), which is adjacent to the new 2,000 seat Theatre, opens up towards the Square, while Four & Five Grand Canal Square (North Block), in conjunction with the Theatre, form a dramatic gateway to Dublin Harbour.

The Grand Canal Square Development enhances the new urban structure of Grand Canal Harbor with an exciting cultural landmark and magnet for Dublin, a destination for working, shopping, and entertainment. The planned opening of the Theater is in March 2010 and the Commercial Development is expected in mid 2010 and Mid 2011.
Daniel Libeskind Grand Canal Theatre Dublin
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MATERIALS
 
steel, reinforced concrete, ceramics, poliester, glass

Theatre Volume
Stainless steel rain screen cladding panels on reinforced concrete and steel structure with strips of high performance glazing.

Theatre Glass Curtain
High performance glazing with exposed polyester powder coated pre-fabricated steel box sections.

Commercial Buildings
Low-iron unitized twin skin glazing system with geometric ceramic frit patterns with solar / glare perforated venetian blinds and capped unitized curtain walling with fixed blade louvers.

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LOCATION
 
Continent
Europe
Nation
Ireland [Eire]
Province
Leinster
County
Dublin
Town
Dublin
Address
Grand Canal Square 3, Dublin 2
 
 
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TYPOLOGY
 
Main
ARCHITECTURE
Buildings for offices and professional practises
Offices
Buildings for recreational activities
Theatres
Additional
ARCHITECTURE
Commercial buildings
Shops
Transport buildings and structures
Garages, car parking, etc.
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
2004     project winner of competition
Realisation
2006 - 2010
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BIBILIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES
 
 
Tom Wilkinson, "Opera Houses", Architectural Review 1400, october 2013, pp. 91-104
"Grand Canal Theatre, Dublin, Ireland", Architectural Review 1400, october 2013
Jason O'Shaughnessy, Sandra Andrea O'Connell, "Daniel Libeskind in Dublin", Architecture Ireland 239, july-august 2008, p. 63
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CLIENT
 
 
Ramford Limited, Chartered Land
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AMOUNT
 
 
€ 196.000.000
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Surface
South Office block sq.m. 21,092 (sq.ft. 226,992)
Theatre sq.m. 13,768 (sq.ft. 148,171)
North Office block sq.m. 33,320 (sq.ft. 358,590)
Floors
8 levels
Capacity
auditorium 2,100 seats
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STRUCTURES
 
 
ARUP Consulting Engineers - Dublin
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STAFF
 
Project
Architekt Daniel Libeskind AG
Principal-in-charge
Stefan Blach
Project leader
Gerhard Brun
Design team
Feargal Doyle, Patrick Cox, Andreas Baumgärtner, Matthias Rühl, Toralf Sümmchen, Anna Poullou, Guillaume Chapallaz, Phil Binkert, Nathaniel Lloyd, Jens Jessen, Joana Pytlik, Marco Calvello, Niels Fehlig, Kaori Hirasawa, Maja Leonelli, Anja Bungies, Christian Müller, Julia Bauer
Project management
Lafferty Project Management
Executive architect
McCauley Daye O’Connell Architects, Dublin
Theatre consultant
Arts Team (part of RHWL Architects)
Quantity surveyor
Davis Langdon PKS, Dublin
Systems
ARUP Consulting Engineers, Dublin
Acoustical consultant
ARUP Acoustics, Winchester (UK)
Architect of record
ARUP Venue Consulting, Winchester (UK)
Facades consultant
Billings Design Associates, Dublin
Lighting design
Pritchard Themis, London
General contractor
John Sisk & Son Ltd., Dublin
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ANNOTATIONS
 
 


Dossiers on Grand Canal, Dublin
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CREDITS
 
 
Photos © Ros Kavanagh
Drawings © Studio Daniel Libeskind
Text edited by Studio Daniel Libeskind
Courtesy of Studio Daniel Libeskind

Grand Canal Square Theatre Daniel Libeskind Dublin



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