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For over ten years, the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre has served as an architectural and cultural icon for Dublin. As Executive Architects, MDO collaborated with lead designers Studio Libeskind to develop the venue’s bold geometric form and pleated glazed façade, transforming the theatre into a functional stage for the city.

From the square, the theatre’s glass façade tilts back in diagonal pleats, showcasing an interior of horizontal ramps and diagonal pilotes. At night, the second-floor lobby becomes a drama in itself, supported by the illumination of the tilting façade and plaza to transform the complex into a symbolic stage of activity.

Grand Canal Square


Chartered Land


2100 seat capacity



The vision for the 2100-seat theatre was for a series of architectural stages: the stage of the theatre itself, the stage of the public square, and the stage of the
multi-level theatre lobby above the square. When combined, the theatre becomes the lead character in a cast of architectural interventions across Dublin’s rejuvenated waterfront.

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