Grimshaw to redesign grandstand for
Ireland's Curragh Racecourse

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News: London studio Grimshaw has won the redevelopment of the Curragh Racecourse in Ireland with proposals for a large canopied-grandstand for the thoroughbred horse racing venue.

Grimshaw to design grandstand and masterplan for The Curragh Racecourse, Ireland

Grimshaw will partner with Dublin-based Newenham Mulligan & Associates to develop a masterplan and new grandstand for the The Curragh Racecourse.

Grimshaw to design grandstand and masterplan for The Curragh Racecourse, Ireland

The practice hopes to upgrade the facilities and amenities of the site with what it calls "an innovative design that will create a sense of arrival, atmosphere and excitement".

The racecourse takes its name from the Curragh, a 1970-hectare grassland plain in County Kildare, Ireland, which has hosted horse racing for centuries.

Grimshaw to design grandstand and masterplan for The Curragh Racecourse, Ireland

Grimshaw Partner Kirsten Lees said: "The master plan provides an opportunity to review the site and the wider offer in a way that cherishes its existing qualities but also enables The Curragh to meet the demands of the future and continue to compete at an international level."

"The integration of the new grandstand into this beautiful setting will be carefully and sensitively handled to establish a connection and balance between the natural and the man-made," she added.

Grimshaw to design grandstand and masterplan for The Curragh Racecourse, Ireland

Grimshaw was selected following an international architectural design competition run by the Turf Club, which saw entries from more than 100 architecture firms.

  • praha

    Did they consider any incidental strong wind when they designed the grandstand?

    • meatpie

      Lucky that winds travel horizontally.

      • windy

        Yes winds travel horizontaly, so do planes. The roof is shaped like a wing so horizontal winds will create forces on it.

  • Corrian Forsythe

    Ever since I was a student I have dreamed of such cantilevers. Stunning!

  • Alan Davies

    Wow. I like it!

  • Syoon

    Yes, wind load is a way stronger than people imagine, so it is easy to be underestimated in an early stage of a building design process. I bet it is hard to keep the current form of the cantilever structure once they start to look in more details.

  • RjMoran

    DOES look like a tempting target for Mr. Wind!

  • Dzcommenter

    The fourth image of this low lying element really sells the scheme – a sensitive response.

  • patrick stack

    Looks great, reminds me of the model airplanes I used to fly there on the Curragh. It mirrors well the wide flat expanse that is this glacially ground down flat land.

  • Concerned Citizen

    What happens when a robin alights on a corner?

  • Ralph Kent

    Other than a bold aesthetic, what function does the canopy serve? A canopy at that level isn’t going to protect those below in the grandstand from rain, even with a slight wind. But it should be useful as a brise-soleil from ferocious sunlight Ireland is fabled for.

  • Angus

    They really should reference more clearly La Zarzuela Hippodrome by Eduardo Torroja. This looks like a mere reinterpretation stretching to the limits of a lighter material.

    http://hormigon.mecanica.upm.es/images/he//T3.jpg