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Cork Opera House

Cork Opera HouseThe original Cork Opera House was built in 1855 but burnt down in 1955. It was rebuilt from concrete and in 1993, the board of directors decided it needed completely refurbished. Murray O'Laoire Architects designed a stunning new glass front of house but the original theatre remained.

In 2007 the decision was made to complete the
Cork Opera Houserefurbishment works and the main auditorium was redesigned. New Acoustics' main challenge was to improve the acoustics for theatregoers as the use of concrete within the auditorium led to a flutter echo problem as well as a lack of low frequency absorption. We completed an acoustic model of the theatre and set about lining the walls to help diffuse the sound and advised on other ways to improve the acoustics, including the provision of a new, quieter ventilation system and a change in the upper circle seating rake.

The opera house with its 1000-seat auditorium reopened on June 10, 2009, and has been described "as the building which takes the architecture of Cork City into the 21st century".

Architects: Murray O'Laoire Architects
Photography: Mike Hannon

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