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2010 – Grand Canal Theatre, Dublin

Architect: Studio Daniel Libeskind

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This brand new 2,111 capacity purpose built theatre was designed by architect Daniel Libeskind and is due to open in March 2010. According to Studio Daniel Libeskind, “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. ”

And Libeskind says about the design: “Dublin has always been one of my favorite cities to visit. When designing the new Grand Canal Square Theatre, I not only wanted to create something that would reflect Dublin’s energy and life, I wanted to establish a powerful cultural presence within the City. I truly believe that the Grand Canal Square project will become an iconic destination in the Grand Canal Harbour–a magnet for Dubliners and a new destination for working, shopping, living and entertainment. A vibrant community will emerge, offering an experience that mirrors the joy and drama emblematic of Dublin itself.”