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National Concert Hall Dublin: New Building
Contemporary Irish Building by Danish Architecture Office – design by 3XN Architects
24 + 25 Feb 2011
Dublin Concert Hall Building
National Concert Hall Dublin Building
Design: 3XN Architects
Two Danish Studios Head-to-Head for the Design of the New National Concert Hall Dublin
3XN is one of two finalists in the prestigious competition to design Dublin’s new National Concert Hall. The competition was initiated in 2008 and the shortlist of renowned architects was soon narrowed down to two competing teams lead by Danish Architects; 3XN and Henning Larsen Architects.
It is quite unique that two Danish studios come head to head in the final round of an international competition of this scope. Both teams have delivered spectacular designs for a world class concert hall to meet the client’s high ambitions for the project. Unfortunately the competition has now been cancelled due to lack of financing as a result of Ireland’s fragile economic situation and the client will not appoint a final winner.
3XNs proposal for the Dublin National Concert Hall is a sculptural showcase which creates a magnificent new home for music, while also providing a framework for the historical context upon which the new concert hall sits. The new building provides a zone where the urban and park settings come together expressing their own symphony in addition to the music coming from within.
Dublin National Concert Hall is composed of three sculptural volumes, each of which contains its own unique Concert Hall. The three Halls are linked at the Grand Entrance through the historic Butler building and via a plinth; with the organic foyer promoting flow and social interaction between the three Halls. As amongst buildings in a city, the foyer flows between the Halls like small lively streets that contract and expand to meet the demands of the new structure. From the grand main entrance at Earlsfort Terrace through the floating foyers and down into the historic Iveagh Gardens, the city’s urban environment quite distinctly meets and transitions into the park. From the garden side, a transparent façade cascades down from the three Concert Hall volumes drawing the gardens forth into the foyer and extending into a new public plaza towards Hatch Street.
Acoustically, Dublin Concert Hall was planned to be amongst the top Concert Halls in the world. Working with the leaders in acoustics (Larry Kierkegaard from Chicago), stage design (Charcoal Blue from London) and lighting (Steven Scott from Denmark), 3XN has aimed to surpass the expectations. The programming is such that the three Halls complement each other in size, function and acoustic objectives. Hall 1 is designed to be reminiscent of the fine lines and interior of a fine classical wooden instrument; providing a warm intimacy between musicians and patrons. Hall 2 should be restored to its original glory with its classic layout and respect for tradition. Hall 3 is designed to be the most flexible and multi-functional of the three Halls.
New National Concert Hall Dublin – video
New National Concert Hall Dublin – Building Information
Address: Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin
Client: National Development Finance Agency (NDFA)
Size: 28,232 m2
Competition: One of two final contestants in invited competition 2008
3XN Team: Kim Herforth Nielsen, Jan Ammundsen, Bo Boje Larsen, Andreas Herborg Nielsen, Alessandro Ronfini, Anja Pedersen, Audun Opdal, Anne Strandgaard Hansen, Berglind Halla Elfudottir, Bodil Nordstrøm, Christian Wamberg Rasmussen, Eva Hviid-Nielsen, Guillermo Lumbreras Ruiz, Helle Hjelmborg, Helle Westergaard, Helgi Indridason, Jeanette Due Andersen, Julie Keinicke Jensen, Johan Straarup, Kasper Hertz, Marie Hesseldahl Larsen, Mihewi Fürstenwald, Majbritt Lerche Madsen, Mitzi Knudsen, Rasmus Hjortshøj, Ralf Wagner, Rasmus Kristian Holm, Stine de Bang, Sofia Steffenoni, Stig Vesterager Gothelf, Thomas Bang Jespersen, Trine Lykke Christensen, Torben Østergaard
Engineers: DBFL, Varming, MSA, G4S
Contractor: PJ Hegarty & Sons
Consultants: International Public Partnership, Amber Infrastructure , Kirkegaard Associates (acousticians), Charcoalblue, (Theatre Consultant), Nolan Ryan Tweeds (quantity surveyor)
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