The new Irish Arts Center. (Courtesy of the Office of Public Works, Ireland)
The Irish Arts Center is celebrating St. Patrick’s with fresh renderings of their new building in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood. The new center—which was designed by Ireland’s Office of Public Works and Davis Brody Bond—will include a 199-seat theater, a live music venue, a café, dance studios, classrooms, and a community garden.
“This will be a new center for a new century for a new Ireland,” said Irish Arts Center Executive Director Aidan Connolly in a statement. “We will finally have a proper home to share the excellence, diversity and dynamism of Irish culture with New York and the world, Honoring our immigrant roots while telling the story of an evolving Ireland and Irish America, the new Irish Arts Center will look outward and redefine what it means to be an ethnically rooted cultural center.”
According to The New York Times, the new building will be built atop a small, early-20th century building not far from the center’s current space: a three-story, 5,000-square-foot building, which they’ve been operating out of since 1972. The center’s new space will be roughly seven-times larger than its current home.
A five-story brick and glass addition will be built above the existing structure. The $54 million project will be funded through a partnership between New York and Ireland’s governments and public review of the Center’s design will start this spring. If all goes according to plan, it will open in late 2016.