Belfast MAC, Metropolitan Arts Centre Building, Northern Irish Architecture
Belfast MAC : Metropolitan Arts Centre
Cathedral Quarter Building, Northern Ireland - design by Hackett Hall McKnight
11 Apr 2013
Belfast MAC News
Shortlisted for Design Museum Awards
photos : Christian Richters
Design Museum Award 2013 : shortlisted for the Architecture category
The Design Museum announces the seven category winners for the annual Designs of the Year Awards. The awards celebrate the best of international design from the last 12 months. The overall winner for the Design of The Year 2013 will be announced on Wednesday 16 April.
Belfast Metropolitan Arts Centre
Location: Cathedral Quarter
Design: Hackett & Hall (now Hackett Hall McKnight)
International architecture competition win
To replace Old Museum Arts Centre
Facilities: two theatres, visual arts space, dance studios
This commission was won through an RIBA Open 2-stage International Competition in 2007. It is our first major commission. The brief calls for two performance spaces of 350 and 120 seats, and 1000sqm of art galleries spread over three distinct spaces. Rehearsal and dance studio space is also provided.
The project proposes foyers which recall the tight streetscape of the neighbourhood - a compressed urban environment characterised by top-light. Site constraints ‘force’ the building to be high – with galleries on top of the theatres – a kind of ‘plateau’ world to which one ascends via the staircase that terraces its way up the back of the main auditorium. Above this plateau large spaces contain some dance studios and sectional manipulation allows light to be drawn through deep shafts over the main contemporary art gallery.
The approach to material and construction evokes a relationship to the robust character of the preceding Victorian merchant city; large scale tough brick buildings. The construction uses the structural insitu concrete as well as the brick as an exposed finish – a high degree of consistency and ‘truth’ is sought in the constructional approach.
The building addresses a new square, currently under construction as part of a new commercial development. The square is addressed with a tower that acts as a beacon in stone and bronze anodised glazing. This tower helps to locate the building, a major new cultural institution for Belfast, within the milieu of the Cathedral Quarter.
The project is currently out to tender to five contractors partaking in a two stage process. The contract will be signed in February 2009 with a site start in March.
Belfast Metropolitan Arts Centre Project - Building Information
Location: Cathedral Quarter, Belfast
Design: Competition Spring 2007
Tender: Summer 2008
Commence on site: Mar 2009
Client: Old Museum Arts Centre
Contract value: £14.2m
Belfast Metropolitan Arts Centre information from Caro 311008
Belfast Metropolitan Arts Centre design : Hackett Hall McKnight
Location: Saint Anne’s Square, Cathedral Quarter (behind St. Anne’s Cathedral & beside the University of Ulster).
Address: Belfast Metropolitan Arts Centre, 10 Exchange Street West, Belfast, BT1 2NJ
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