Thursday, March 12, 2009

meet daniel libeskind, martha schwartz and grand canal square...


i've been meaning to check out this place since i attended 'an interview with daniel libeskind' last june here in dublins national concert hall...and the Taipei post inspired me to take a walk down and see what has been happening on the construction site lately...

designed by the internationally acclaimed architect, Daniel Libeskind, Grand Canal Square comprises 3 new fourth generation office blocks complemented by a new theatre and a public concourse...

i took myself off to that area of dublin last week for a catch-up with the latest development...it was great to be able to chillax in the Martha Schwartz design public space while observing the new theatre taking shape and the offices around it bustling with activity...


the grand canal square theatre and surrounding developments are set to create a powerful cultural presence defining the urban piazza, public space and the inner workings of the grand canal square theatre...

i really like how the form of the building widens, as if to embrace the public space outside, and the public space itself also extends like a platfrom into the canal basin...its like an invitation for the water to become part of the urban cityscape, and in turn for this new urban piazza to become part of the new inside mechanics of the theatre...


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 fa├žade 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.

www.grandcanalsquare.ie
www.daniel-libeskind.com
www.marthaschwartz.com

1 comment:

miss mary said...

gosh how do you do it

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