Dublin Institute of Technology

Dublin Institute of Technology

Dublin Institute of Technology

A stunning, state of the art Conservatory of Music and Drama for the Dublin Institute of Technology

Dublin Institute of Technology

DIT needed their programmes and facilities to be centred in one complex, so they would have an interdisciplinary space where they could achieve their goal of a creating innovative art and design, which would help people and society see the world in new and different ways.

In 2014, Theatreplan were approached to help the team to design this new campus building. Following a very thorough period of engagement with user groups and client technical advisers, the SISK / FCC Joint Venture secured the project and were contracted to continue with the scheme design, with Theatreplan working alongside.

Theatreplan's work focused on the principal performing arts spaces which included the Performance Hall, Recital Hall, Black Box Theatre and TV Studio, but also covered recording studios, video edit booths, practice rooms, store rooms and other supporting spaces.

Our design scope covered venue and auditorium planning along with technical systems design. This included seating and sightlines, stage engineering, lighting, sound and AV. The rooms provide a safe and accessible working environment, designed to be as approachable as possible for young artists. The venues are linked with infrastructure to support recording, broadcast and archival of performances to encourage cross department collaboration.

With a diverse range of users, each with their own requirements, part of our role as specialist designers was to guide the client team through the challenges and possible solutions of these complex spaces. The resulting facility will provide the client team with the optimum spatial and technical infrastructure, to enable them to bring their vision to fruition when they open in September 2021.

Images by AHR Architects and Tom Coakley.