The Lark shortlisted in Public Choice Awards

by Rachel Cunningham
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Dublin’s newest concert hall, The Lark, has been shortlisted for the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI) Public Choice Award, which aims to find Ireland’s favourite building or public space of 2024.

Part of the Irish Institute of Music and Song, the concert hall has been short-listed from 180 entries, with 42 projects now in the running for the Public Choice Award.

Voting has commenced and is open until midnight, Wednesday June 19, with the winner being announced on June 21 by RIAI President, Sean Mahon.

The Public Choice Award marks the launch of the annual RIAI Architecture Awards, now in their 35th year, which celebrate excellence in the design and delivery of buildings.

“The Irish Institute of Music and Song are extremely excited that our Lark Concert Hall has been shortlisted for this year’s RIAI Architecture Awards,” said Michael P Dawson, chair of The Irish Institute of Music and Song.  

“The challenge we faced was to provide a first-class state-of-the-art building that could attract and host both international and local groups and artists.”

The Lark was designed by award-winning architect Stephen Foley from Rush, Dublin.

The 400-seater concert hall is the most technically advanced venue in the country and has already played host to choirs and ensembles from Los Angeles, Ohio, Wisconsin, Philadelphia and most recently the amazing Latvian State Choir.

Many of Ireland’s leading artists have also graced the stage, including Paul Brady, Mary Black and Hothouse Flowers.

“This is such a special project to have worked on and to be nominated for this award is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our client the Irish Institute of Music and Song and main contractor Vision Contracting,” said Stephen Foley from SFA42 Architects.

“We wanted the building to become a focal point for the community and it’s been amazing to see how people enjoy coming to the Lark and react to the auditorium space which has welcomed such talented people since its opening.”

As part of the competition, the public is invited to a free guided tour of the Lark and greater campus each day at 12 midday and 4pm.

The public is invited to cast its vote by visiting

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