Project Arts Centre
Gross Floor Area
The Project Arts Centre was established in 1966 as the first arts centre in Ireland. Thirty years later it had outgrown it’s original premises. The redevelopment provided a totally new build facility for Project on the same site.
The brief was to provide a Performance Space which would seat up to 250 people, a Multi Purpose Space to include uses such as Rehersal & Dance, a Gallery / Visual Arts Space, Foyer / Box Office,Theatre Bar and Administration offices for Project Arts Centre. A fundamental decision was made to locate the main auditorium / performance space at first floor level, and that the Gallery and Multi Purpose Space be located below it at ground floor. The volume of the Performance Space is set back from the street by 5m to create a lower section in front of it addressing the street which contains the entrance foyer and an upper foyer. The administrative function of Project is accommodated at second and third floor in the non public part of the building. At first floor the upper foyer and theatre bar are highly glazed and act as a beacon and focus to the street.
While providing a new purpose built arts centre, in aesthetic terms the new Project will have resonances with a quasiindustrial aesthetic which maintains a continuity between the original and new building.