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RIAI Gold Medal Winner 2001-2003

  • Croke Park Development
  • Architect:
    Gilroy McMahon Architects
  • Award Year: 2001-2003
  • Location: Dublin
Croke Park Development


In the task of providing a modern world class stadium, Croke Park has made a direct impact resulting in a new reference point for Dublin. The considerable mass of the Cusack Stand has been broken down in an elegant manner using a series of identifiable layers in the traditional layers composition and an exciting experience.

Architect's Comment

Apart from meeting the stringent requirements directed by the environmental impact studies on safety, daylight and wind turbulence, the redevelopment of Croke Park had to meet the serious architectural challenge of inserting a large building into an innercity urban context. The building is appropriate to the scale of the immediate vicinity, the scale of the middle distance and the scale af the city. This is achieved by designing the building as a series of 'layers' broadly broken into base, middle and top: the traditional classical framework.

Colour is used to reinforce form. The raised podium at main concourse level grows out of the ground. Above this, the slate blue transparency of the curtain walling, which mirrors the roofscape of the surrounding area encloses the levels containing restaurants, bars and conference areas. Finally, the top is a cloud grey tracery of roof masts, designed for maximum interaction with the sky.