Re: Re: National Concert Hall

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April 2006

So the saga finally comes to an end with yesterday’s announcement:

So where is this new auditorium likely to be located in the complex? It’s going to take up a lot of space, and all of the quadrangles have long since been filled in, so it can’t just be slotted into place behind the narrow Earlsfort Terrace block…

The opportunity for a major new facade to the Iveagh Gardens is fantastic though – presumably this will consume in its entirety the substantial, almost derelict service space between the rear of the complex and the Iveagh wall. It seems the new auditorium will have to be placed horizontally along here, parallel to the front block if it’s to minimise consumption of the gardens…

And will the trees and general scrub be cleared away here to reveal views of the gardens? Perhaps for the best given some unsavoury tales of ‘activities’ in this area, but it would a shame to lose the mature winding walk along here all the same, allbeit admittedly in poor condition at this stage.

Anyone know what the interior of the Earlsfort block is like? What will the NCH want with acres and acres of lecture rooms and offices?
I’m in two minds about whether this remnant of the original building phases of the Butler complex should be preserved in the expansion – it’s almost earned a right to be added to the Dublin curiosities list at this stage:

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