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Daniel Libeskind | Architekt Daniel Libeskind AG | Zürich, Switzerland
The Grand Canal Square Theater at the re-developed Dublin Harbor.
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“Westside was actually inspired by the
1941 Marx Brothers film The Big Store. They move into a store, and after the store closes, they start using the beds and the kitchen.
I thought, ‘This is the right idea.’
People should live there.
It shouldn’t be just an abstract experience. People should own it—
emotionally and intellectually.
They should feel that this is their home.”
—Daniel Libeskind, Architekt Daniel Libeskind AG, Zürich, Switzerland
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The design team at ADL realizes Libeskind’s visions by using the Vectorworks® Architect software in
both their design development and construction document phases. For Westside, they used the software to generate the base for the physical work- ing models, followed by highly detailed construction drawings. Since the project was a mixed-use space with a wide variety of functions, the Vectorworks pro- gram’s intelligent BIM objects such as walls, doors, spaces, and the vast array of drafting library sym- bols were especially helpful. The project team also appreciated the application’s reliable interface for exchanging models and data with other programs.
“Westside is undoubtedly cast in a striking mold. That was also the intention—trends and fashions should be able to change without the physical form of the location being constrained to adjust to them,” notes Libeskind. The project has met with astound- ing success. Westside received a record breaking 1.5 million visitors in the three months after it opened in October, 2008. The project won first prize in the 2010 Rigips Trophy, as well as the 2010 Prime Property Award. A joint venture between ADL and Burckhardt & Partner with Rhomberg Bau AG/ Strabag AG, the Westside Shopping and Leisure Center has become a destination in its own right.
the grand CanaL square theater and CommerCiaL deveLopment in dubLin: making an entranCe
Libeskind has a knack for creating dramatic spaces, so when he won the competition for designing a cultural center to anchor the redeveloped Dublin Harbor in 2003, he extended the concept of theater well beyond the building, fashioning many stages that build to a peak. For instance, the urban water- front piazza that creates a grand entrance is a stage itself, framed by a five-star hotel and residences on one side and an office building on the other. From its rooftop terrace, one has a commanding view of the sparkling Dublin Harbor. The 10,870-square-meter theater is a dramatic backdrop and viewing platform for the outdoor piazza stage, which can host gather- ings and other public events. The multi-level lobby rises above the plaza, setting another stage that’s illuminated at night and leads to the theater, the most grand of all stages. With 2,100 seats, it can showcase musical productions ranging from ampli- fied shows to operas and ballets.
Connecting the Liffey quayside and the Grand Canal Square, the development also includes 34,839 square meters of leasable, sustainable office and

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