3XN is one of two finalists in the prestigious competition to design Dublin’s new National Concert Hall. The competition was initiated in 2008 and the shortlist of renowned architects was soon narrowed down to two competing teams lead by Danish Architects; 3XN and Henning Larsen Architects. The competition has since been cancelled due to lack of financing as a result of Ireland’s fragile economic situation and the client will not appoint a final winner.
3XNs proposal for the Dublin National Concert Hall is a sculptural concept which offers a grand new home for music, while also providing a framework for the historical context upon which the new concert hall sits. The new building provides a zone where the urban and park settings come together expressing their own symphony in addition to the music coming from within.
Dublin National Concert Hall is composed of three sculptural volumes, each of which contains its own unique Concert Hall. The three Halls are linked at the Grand Entrance through the historic Butler building and via a plinth; with the organic foyer promoting flow and social interaction between the three Halls. From the garden side, a transparent façade cascades down from the three Concert Hall volumes drawing the gardens forth into the foyer and extending into a new public plaza towards Hatch Street.
Acoustically, Dublin Concert Hall was planned to be amongst the top Concert Halls in the world. Working with the leaders in acoustics (Larry Kierkegaard from Chicago), stage design (Charcoal Blue from London) and lighting (Steven Scott from Denmark), 3XN has aimed to surpass the expectations. Hall 1 is designed to be reminiscent of the fine lines and interior of a fine classical wooden instrument; providing a warm intimacy between musicians and patrons. Hall 2 should be restored to its original glory with its classic layout and respect for tradition. Hall 3 is designed to be the most flexible and multi-functional of the three Halls.