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Meeting House Square Gets Covered

Published: Thursday, September 29, 2011

A bespoke retractable cover, designed by Seán Harrington Architects following a public competition, has been installed in Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin. Four large-scale umbrellas provide an overlapping cover for outdoor events in Meeting House Square. When closed, the tall umbrellas have a sculptural appearance.  The €2.4 million project forms part of Temple Bar Cultural Trust’s (TBCT) celebrations of Temple Bar’s 20th anniversary.

The four umbrellas were on a four-day journey from Germany, where they were engineered and manufactured by MDT-Tex, a market leader and innovator in outdoor coverings. Each structure is 21m high and supports an asymmetric tilted umbrella approximately 11m by 14m. The canopy can be opened or closed within approximately 10 minutes.  The project was designed specifically for Meeting House Square to provide maximum protection from rain during outdoor events. TBCT’s popular ‘Movies on The Square’ will return as a regular event in Dublin’s cultural calendar in 2012. Commenting on the design, Dermot McLaughlin, CEO of TBCT said:  “Our design objective was to retain the sense of openness and exterior space that characterises Meeting House Square. The structure of the umbrellas was required to harmonize with the existing modern architecture, which includes the work of eminent architects including O’Donnell + Tuomey, Paul Keogh, Shane O’Toole & Michael Kelly and Santiago Calatrava.  We are delighted to add Seán Harrington Architects to this list of architects whose work has defined Meeting House Square.” www.sha.ie

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