2010 – Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, Limerick

Architect: Daniel Cordier


The €20million building was specifically designed to combine the elements of research, performance and teaching by leading French Architect Daniel Cordier, who was appointed following an international design competition. It accommodates two performance workshop theatres, the Tower Theatre and the Main Theatre as well as dance performance studios, recording spaces, music performance practice rooms, seminar rooms, exhibition areas and an international research centre.

The new facility will operate as a naturally ventilated building with minimal mechanical ventilation to reduce its long-term carbon footprint. The design, which was developed in response to the ecology of the site, utilised weather data from Shannon airport to understand the microclimate and to design the independent below ground plenum air supplies to the two theatres.