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Wexford Opera House, Wexford, Ireland 
Thursday 05 Jan 2006
 
Keith Williams wins new opera house 
 
 
 
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Keith Williams Architects has been appointed to work on the design of a new opera house for the world famous Irish opera festival. The practice will work in association with the architectural team at the Office of Public Works in Dublin. The €30 million project, which received final ministerial funding approval in December, is scheduled to start on site in summer 2006, and will be finished in time for the autumn season 2008. The new building has been conceived as a secret opera house, nestling into the backlands within Wexford’s Medieval street pattern, and will replace the existing Festival Theatre currently on the site. Facilities in the new 7,000 sqm theatre will include a 750 seat state of the art auditorium specifically designed for opera, (a 36% increase in current capacity of 550 seats). The new auditorium will also have adjustable configuration to a smaller capacity of 430 out of season.

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Status Design
Value 30(m€)
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Keith Williams Architects
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