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Brit success in Irish performing arts contest

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Daniel Cordier has won a fiercely contested competition to design a £7.6 million home for the Irish World Performing Arts Village.

The Kent-based architect beat 93 rivals with a concept featuring two workshop theatres, a research centre, a 100-seat cafeteria and a plethora of practice rooms, dance studios and offices. It will be built at the University of Limerick and is due to open in 2007.

The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) ran the two-stage contest. The judging panel included architects, urban designers, technical advisers and University of Limerick representatives.

Cordier's previous work includes the UK Channel Tunnel terminal layout and buildings, Crossrail, and conservation storage for the British Film Institute.

Commenting on the project, Cordier explained that Irish symbolism and religious references permeate the scheme.

'Sited on the River Shannon's north bank, the village will enjoy inspiring views towards the County Clare hills and the city, locating the work of the dancers and musicians in a national tradition,' Cordier said.

'Seen from above, a series of six roofs will reference the energy and character of the dynamic Ceili dance,' he added.

by Clive Walker

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