Tullamore Arts Centre, Competition Entry

Project Type

Design Competition Entry


Tullamore, Co. Offaly

In 2011, The RIAI and Offaly County Council held an open completion for the design of a multidisciplinary community arts centre in the heart of Tullamore. The aim of the competition was to create a space that would harness the creative potential of the Tullamore community by providing opportunities for participation in the arts as well as presenting a dynamic programme of arts events.

The buildings U-shaped form creates a splayed three sided courtyard which address the park. The building sits atop a plinth which slopes up from the ground level of the park to create an outdoor performance area at the focal point of the courtyard. Pedestrian routes through the park and along the canal were carefully considered and incorporated into the design of the Centre, leading visitors alongside and through the building.