The Lir, Pearse Street, Dublin

Smith & Kennedy
Date Built
Opened to students in 2011
Pearse Street
The Lir building sits on the corner of Pearse Street and Grand Canal Quay in the heart of the city's redeveloped docklands.  The building is home to Trinity College's National Academy of Dramatic Art.  It is a joint venture between the college and the Cathal Ryan Trust.  The name "Lir" comes from Irish Folklore. 

The building was shortlisted for the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland Public Choice Award 2012.  The Trinity College website says that, "Notable features of the building include the varied brickwork throughout and the striking green bubbles cascading down its front."  Inside the Lir contains: Studio One, a black box studio seating 150; Studio Two, a black box studio seating 70 which can be divided into two teaching rooms; a large dance studio; and The Lir CafĂ©/bar.  It also provides office spaces and workshops, as well as practice and dressing rooms and teaching spaces.