Architect Daniel Libeskind recently has completed the Grand Canal Square Theatre and Commercial Development. It comprises two extensive office buildings and a stunning theatre with the dynamic formal expression. The project aims to enhance the new urban structure of Grand Canal Harbor in Dublin, serving as a focus point for its context.
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.
Architekt Daniel Libeskind AG
Click here to the landscape design of Grand Canal Square by Martha Schwartz Partners (MSP)
+ Project description courtesy of Architekt Daniel Libeskind AG
The 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. The 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 Theatre will open in March, 2010 with the opening of the office blocks scheduled for mid 2010 and 2011.
+ Project credits / data
Project Name: Grand Canal Square Theatre and Commercial Development
Location: Dublin Docklands
Address: Grand Canal Square 3, Dublin 2, Ireland
Gross Building Area:
South Office block – 21,092 sq.m / 226,992 sq.ft (including basement)
Theatre – 13,768 sq.m / 148,171 sq.ft (including basement)
North Office block – 33,320 sq.m / 358,590 sq.ft (including basement)
Other Building Details:
South Block – 7 Floors over basement
Theatre – 7 Floors over basement
North Block – 7 Floors over basement
Theatre + Commercial – €196M / $269.9M USD
Theatre Budget – € 75M / $101.8M USD
Principal Architect: Stefan Blach
Project Architect & Project Team Leader: Gerhard Brun
Project Team: Feargal Doyle, Patrick Cox, Andreas Baumgärtner, Matthias Rühl, Toralf Sümmchen, Anna Poullou, Guillaume Chapallaz, Nathaniel Lloyd, Jens Jessen, Jens Hoffman, Kaori Hirasawa, Luca Mangione, Anja Bungies and Christian Müller
Services provided by Architekt Daniel Libeskind AG:
Theatre: Building envelope, FOH and Auditorium; RIAI Stages 1-8
Commercial: Building envelope, Lobby & Atrium spaces; RIAI stages 1-4
2004: Competition, early concept phase Dec.
2006: from RIAI stage 2, under contract with Ramford Limited
South Block Office –September 2009
Theatre –December 2009
North Block Office – Mid-2010
Ramford Limited, Chartered Land
Usher House, Main Street
Dundrum, Dublin 14, Ireland
Lafferty Project Management
Usher House, Main Street
Dundrum, Dublin 14, Ireland
Executive Architect: Commercial Buildings; RIAI Stages 4-8
McCauley Daye O’Connell Architects
7 Harcourt Street
Dublin 2, Ireland
Theatre Consultants & Architects: Theatre Back of House; RIAI Stages 4-8:
ArtsTeam (part of RHWL Architects)
Ivory House St Katharine Docks
London E1W 1AT
Quantity Surveyor: Davis Langdon PKS – Dublin
Structural / Civil: ARUP Consulting Engineers – Dublin
Mechanical & Electrical: ARUP Consulting Engineers – Dublin
Acoustic Consultants: ARUP Acoustics – Winchester, UK
Venue Consultants: ARUP Venue Consulting – Winchester, UK
Façade Consultants: Billings Design Associates – Dublin
Lighting Designers: Pritchard Themis – London, UK
Fire Engineers: Michael Slattery Associates – Dublin
Health & Safety: Bruce Shaw Partnership- Dublin
Main Contractor: John Sisk & Son Ltd. – Dublin
Façade Sub-Contractor: Permasteelisa Central Europe (Theatre); Permasteelisa S.p.A (Commercial Buildings)
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.
Photographer: Ros Kavanagh