Tuesday, June 28, 2011

National Concert Hall in Dublin

3XN's proposal for the National Concert Hall in Dublin is a sample of sculpture that creates a magnificent new home for music, while also providing a framework for the historical context in which the new concert hall sits.

The new building has an area where the urban environment and the park gather to express their own symphony, in addition to the music that comes from within.


The National Concert Hall in Dublin consists of three sculptural volumes, each of which contains its own unique concert hall. The three rooms are listed in the Grand Entry through the historic Butler building and through a main square, the organic lobby promotes flux and social interaction between the three Chambers.


As among buildings in a city, the lobby of flows between the chambers are like small lively streets that contract and expand to meet the demands of the new structure.


From the large main entrance on Earlsfort Terrace through the floating hallways down the historic Iveagh Gardens, the urban environment of the city clearly assembles with the transitions in the park.

From the garden side, with a transparent façade and falls below the three volumes of the Concert Hall, it draws the gardens later in the lobby, extending to a new public square to the street Hatch.


Acoustically, the Dublin concert hall was planned to be among the best concert halls in the world.

Working with leaders in the acoustics (as Larry Kierkegaard Chicago), scenery (Blue London coal) and lighting (Steven Scott of Denmark), 3XN has tried to exceed expectations.


The programming is such that the three chambers are complementary in size, function and acoustic targets.