Scheme name: Lyric Theatre Belfast
Practice: O'Donnell + Tuomey
Client: Lyric Theatre
Photographer: Dennis Gilbert/View
The steeply sloping river frontage within a tightly knit fabric of brick, terrace houses presented a considerable design challenge: how to squeeze a large public facility into a domestic environment? The architects have managed to fit the large volumes needed to accommodate the auditorium, studio and rehearsal room with ease.
The dramatic entry stairs, the areas for gathering, the tactility of the interior all lead to the enveloping, dark and dramatic space of the theatre itself. The long-anticipated completion of the Lyric has been more than worth it.