Millennium Wing - National Gallery of Ireland,

Benson & Forsyth
Date Built
Corner of Clare Street and Clare Lane
The National Gallery of Ireland opened its doors to the public in 1864.  In the years that followed, the original building has been extended on a number of occasions.  The most recent addition was the Millennium Wing (see above) that opened in January of 2002.  This wing provides the gallery with a new public entrance on the busy thoroughfare of Clare Street.

The Archiseek website says of this new building that, "Originally the building was to have a longer facade to the street but a conservationist campaign meant that a 19th century building earmarked for demolition had to be retained."  They add that, "The interior as would be expected from Benson + Forsyth is dramatic.  Containing extra gallery space as well as space for restaurants, shops and administration, the gallery has proven to be a great success increasing awareness of the collection and increasing access. The interior of the building has many large spaces including a massive entrance hallway, a winter-garden containing the main dining area and two floors of galleries. "