Seen from the river, the new theatre is expressed as crystalline forms in a parkland
The Lyric is sited between the characteristic grid pattern of the surrounding brick streetscape of Belfast and the serpentine parkland setting of the river Lagan.
The skyline of the building displays the constituent ingredients of the design. The solid sculpted brick volumes linked by transparent permeable public spaces visually connect the street through the woods of the Lyric to the continuous flowing line of the river through the city.
Our architectural concept responds to these conditions by housing each of the three princi- pal functional elements of the building within its own distinctive brick box, with the public circulation spaces and staircases wrapping around the fixed forms of the theatre, studio and rehearsal space, which stand on the sloping ground of the site like rocks in a stream.
Seen from the river, the new theatre is expressed as crystalline forms in a parkland.
John Tuomey, director, O’Donnell + Tuomey