The Green Spheres of Ireland

The Green Spheres of Ireland

The façade of the Lir National Academy of Dramatic Art at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, is composed of narrow, slate-colored brick, with a series of luminous green bubbles cascading down the side, over the balcony, and in front of the portal. The building was designed by Smith & Kennedy Architects of Dublin, and the green fiberglass spheres were engineered and fabricated by Fibreglass UK Ltd of East Sussex, UK. Turn around time for this project was remarkably quick, just five weeks from the time Fibreglass UK received the brief to the installation of the project, in 2011.

The one-piece spheres contain a photo-luminescent pigment that visibly glows at night.  This very playful element is such a stark contrast to the very staid grey brick… a metaphor for the dual values of tradition and innovation? Surely the very greenness of the spheres must strike a cord in Dublin, as well. The project was shortlisted for the RIAI Public Choice Award in 2012.

Images via Fibreglass UK Ltd.