THE slick new European-style Killarney Cultural Centre is beginning to take shape with some of the more modern and striking additions to the redesigned facility being added this week.
Preliminary work got underway on the development in February and, when completed in the coming weeks, it will provide a contemporary arts centre and performance space in the heart of Killarney town.
The quarter of a million euro redevelopment, on the existing site on East Avenue Road, is being created by Kerry County Council to provide an internal and external performance space that can be flexible and weather-adaptable to suit a variety of uses.
Designed by Killarney architect Davide Mosca with Jerry Brosnan the appointed building contractor, it will create an ultra-modern facility which will be fully re-roofed to take in the whole site with the outside area covered by a retractable canopy, making it ideal for summertime performances.
The stage can be external as well as internal, subject to weather conditions and specific requirements, and it will allow an audience to view a performance from either inside or outside the building.
The front façade will be redesigned with a metal structure and black mirror cladding to reflect the trees at the back of the auditorium. There will be a new corridor extension at the rear of the building, for access to toilets and a changing area as well as a rehearsal or meeting room.
The entire area will be covered by a nest of steel segments, with LED lighting coloured in different shades of green, to create the impression of walking under a tunnel of trees, similar to Killarney National Park.
A striking feature will see the pavements inscribed with appropriate quotations from poets and other VIPs who have visited Killarney down through the years.
A €120,000 grant was provided by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the overall investment required is €240,000.
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