RIBA Stirling shortlist 2012 – Lyric Theatre, Belfast
The theatre is modest and self-confident, deferential and assertive. The dramatic entry stairs, the areas for gathering, the tactility of the fittings all lead to the enveloping, dark and dramatic space of the timber-lined, intimate 380 seat auditorium. The quality of the interior spaces, its
The building culminates in the fourth annexe, a ‘sky pavilion’ lifted above the cubic office volume to create a rooftop loggia and garden. This disengaged volume contains a series of meeting, dining and function rooms offering panoramic views across the City.
Architect: O’Donnell + Tuomey
Client: Lyric Theatre
Lyric Theatre video
O’Donnell + Tuomey architect Mark Grehan describes the focus on reimagining a site with a long theatrical tradition and artistic director Richard Croxford confirms that the small and intimate auditorium has been very well received by big-name artists.
The Lyric Theatre is located on the north side Stranmills Embankment on the edge of the River Lagan, approximately 2 miles from Belfast city centre in Northern Ireland.