Parnell Square Cultural Quarter Design Update

View of main library space and reference areas.

The first images of the design for the Parnell Square Cultural Quarter were presented as part of an update to Dublin City Council’s Culture Recreation & Amenity Strategic Policy Committee  last week. A selection of the images prepared by the design team led by Grafton Architects and Shaffrey Associates, working on behalf of the Parnell Square Foundation can be seen below.

front facade

Proposals include redevelopment of the public realm of Parnell Square North.

The project proposes development of a cluster of cultural facilities accommodated in a mix of new-build and renovated Georgina buildings, anchored by a City Library. Together with Dublin’s City Gallery, The Hugh Lane, which sits beside it, the facilities will create an important new destination in the city’s north Georgian core. The vision for the Parnell Square Cultural Quarter which gives the background to this project can be seen here.


A 200-seat conference facility is proposed for the top floor, adjacent to a courtyard roof garden.



Roof gardens are intended to give views out over Parnell Square and the city.


georgian room

Reference and learning spaces are to be accommodated in the existing Georgian rooms.

A summary of the report by Margaret Hayes City Librarian can be seen on the Cultural Quarter website parnellsquare.ie. .