Pálás Cinema Galway Building by dePaor

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Pálás Cinema Galway Building

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3 Dec 2018

Pálás Cinema Galway Building

Location: 15 Merchants Riad Lower, Galway, Republic of Ireland

Design: dePaor, Greystones, Co. Wicklow, Ireland

Pálás Cinema Galway Building

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Pálás Cinema Galway Building by dePaor

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Pálás Cinema Galway Building by dePaor

The building is situated in the centre of Galway on the west coast of Ireland, at the edge of the old town between the River Corrib and the docks.

Pálás Cinema Galway Building by dePaor

Owned by the city and leased commercially, it is an arthouse cinema comprising three screens with a bar and cafe assembled as a stack of rooms on the plot of a merchant house and its garden.

Pálás Cinema Galway Building by dePaor

The Georgian facade is made for streetscape and the body of the building set behind bridging a small courtyard between, as foyer and box office.

Pálás Cinema Galway Building by dePaor

Pálás Cinema Galway Building by dePaor

Seen in the round, the building extrudes the plot boundaries to become a slate pyramid roof and weathervane.

Pálás Cinema Galway building Ireland design by dePaor architects

Pálás Cinema Galway building Ireland design by dePaor architects

Cast in situ, it is a series of transfer slabs on discontinuous walls making a building of staircases, the rakes expressed in long section to model the space and influence the elevations. In cross section the volume is cut away to allow south light across the interior and open views.

Pálás Cinema Galway building Ireland design by dePaor architects

Pálás Cinema Galway building Ireland design by dePaor architects

Above ground, the plan organises the largest room at its centre surrounded by the servant rooms packed into the periphery, naturally lit and cross ventilated. A passive stack rises the full height of the South elevation, viewed from the acoustic lobbies and bar below.

Pálás Cinema Galway building Ireland design by dePaor architects

Acoustic, thermal and decorative linings, where necessary, are expressed independently to become the character of the rooms. All other space is untempered, and left exposed as shotblasted concrete. All light fittings and wayfinding are bespoke.

Pálás Cinema Galway building Ireland design by dePaor architects Pálás Cinema Galway building Ireland design by dePaor architects

Each cinema is dressed in a red fabric, the bottom drapped, the middle ruched and the top as a theatre, with shallow stage.

Pálás Cinema Galway building Ireland design by dePaor architects Pálás Cinema Galway building Ireland design by dePaor architects

The bar is treated as a hardwood floor which rises as skirting, bench, shelf, counter and screen as a suite of small interconnected rooms of forced perspectives. The cafe is an extension of the ground floor screen folded internally as a hall of mirrors, framed in ebonised sapele.

Pálás Cinema Galway building Ireland design by dePaor architects

Pálás Cinema Galway building Ireland design by dePaor architects

All of the windows are all the same size and proportion. Untreated hardwood casements on deep galvanised metal cills frame either neon vitrines as building sign or are painted in resin inside the double glazed units.

Pálás Cinema Galway building Ireland design by dePaor architects

Pálás Cinema Galway building Ireland design by dePaor architects

Placed in the interiors to choreograph movement, they make atmosphere. Red, green and amber, they back project by night into the street.

site plan:
Pálás Cinema Galway site plan

building plan:
Pálás Cinema Galway building plan

building section:
Pálás Cinema Galway building section

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Address: 15 Merchants Rd Lower, Galway, Ireland
Phone: +353 91 394 800


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