• Building facade and entrance

  • Night scene and illuminated gallery cáfe

  • Gallery space with abundance of daylight

Royal Hibernian Academy

The Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA) has been housed at Ely Place since 1970. This project comprised the renovation and re-organisation of the existing structure in order to provide clear navigational routes and circulation paths while improving the quality of the gallery spaces. The project also included provision of a studio based educational facility disconnected from the public galleries.

At ground level the new foyer space is protected from the street by the glazed walls of the café and book shop. The elevational treatment is of horizontal planes of white stone, steel sections and sheer glazing.

A simple material palette is continued through the building which acts as a backdrop for the continually changing exhibits of Irish and International Art.

The teaching facility, which includes a reference library and both group and individual studio spaces, is provided above the atrium volume and rear galleries. Large north-lights provide an abundance of daylight to these spaces.

Royal Hibernian Academy




Ely Place, Dublin 2