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Pictured here is of view taken at the front of the Grand Canal Theatre at Grand Canal Square, south central Dublin, and to the right the checkered white building is the Marker Hotel.

Designed by Daniel Libeskind, the theatre faces onto the central plaza of the grand canal square and over the canal basin itself. The plaza extends into the canal on a narrow strip, and is lit by tall red poles, almost neon tone and at weird angles.
At night it creates the effect of a huge red carpet leading from the canal basin into the theatre.

The theatre can hold 2000 people and is a more intimate venue than Dublin's main O2 Stadium (aka, the Point Depot). As a result, many of the shows here would be more opera/classical/theatre based than the popular big name stars in the O2.

In recent years, the venue was renamed the Bord Gais Energy theatre after Irelands national gas company, but I still prefer its old name and most people I know still refer to as Grand Canal Theatre.

Grand Canal Square itself is over 10,000 square meters making it one of the largest open public spaces in Dublin. Completed in 2007, it was designed by award winning American landscape architect Martha Schwartz. The red carpet of red poles that extends from the theatre itself out into the canal basin is crossed by a green carpet made of green lit pathways, polygon shaped vegetation planters and seating areas. While the red carpet connects the water and the theatre, the green carpet connects the Marker hotel with the shopping area (which is to the left of this scene, the Marker hotel is the chequered building on the right).

It is one of Dublin's newest, and certainly my favorite, modern areas and features a number of top international company headquarters, as well as restaurants, bars, hotels, apartments and galleries.

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Additional Photos by Noel Byrne (Noel_Byrne) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2711 W: 15 N: 6495] (22773)
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