Metropolitan Arts Centre (MAC)

Hackett Hall McKnight, Belfast, 2012

 

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Two theatres with associated rehearsal space, three art galleries, a dance studio, a suite of eight workshop and education spaces, as well as a café and bar on a wedged shaped site next to some of Belfast’s oldest buildings

The theatre's entrance and seven-storey honed basalt tower, capped with a three-story glass lantern, faces a small square. The short red brick facade on Exchange Street is sliced open the to form a wedge-like second entrance to the building. Both entrances are connected by a cranked internal foyer around which the galleries and theatres are arranged.

Sandwiching this internal street, which is lit from three rectangular slots in the roof, are two blocks; one with a punctured brick skin imitating the exterior, the other a solid concrete form modulated by board-markings.

Stacked vertically, the lower levels contain café, bar and entrances to a flexible 350-seat auditorium and a 120-seat studio space with retractable seats.

Above this are publicly accessible visual arts rooms, on the third floor, three temperature and humidity controlled white-box spaces, each with a single sliding shutter that allows views out and daylight in. On the fifth floor, there is a 280 square metre, six metre-high gallery, and above this are more private floors, housing experimental and education spaces where local and international artists can prepare new work.

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  • Begun: Dec 2009
  • Completed: Feb 2012
  • Floor area: 5,600m2
  • Sector: Arts and culture
  • Total cost: £13.3M
  • Procurement: SBC 05 with two-stage tendering
  • Address: 10 Exchange Street West, Belfast, BT1 2NJ, United Kingdom

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