Lexicon NYC

Members of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council were taken on a tour of the new Dún Laoghaire Library and Cultural Centre, to be known as dlr Lexicon.

The building is enormously impressive and, despite many people’s misgivings about its size and cost, I think it will a fabulous addition to the facilities available to people in Dún Laoghaire and the surrounding areas. There will be over 100,000 library items as well as a municipal gallery, performance space, café, free wi-fi, customer parking, and a myriad of other facilities for users. The building is bright, spacious and cosy.

It is now planned that dlr Lexicon will open in December, with an official opening in the new year. However, two Culture Night events – Soundings and Taking the Plunge will take place in dlr Lexicon, and Sea Shanties will be sung in the grounds by Dún Laoghaire Choral Society - on the 19th of September, and it is hoped that there will be tours of the buildings as part of the Irish Architecture Foundation’s Open House on the 17th-19th of October (programme to be published soon).

Here are some photographs, taken on Wednesday the 3rd of September 2014, before any of the books or facilities have been installed…

DLR councillors visiting dlr Lexicon

DLR councillors visiting dlr Lexicon

dlr Lexicon viewed from Dún Laoghaire Harbour and the East Pier

dlr Lexicon viewed from Dún Laoghaire Harbour and the East Pier

Exterior of dlr Lexicon facing County Hall and the Pavillion

Exterior of dlr Lexicon facing County Hall and the Pavillion

The side wall of the dlr Lexicon, facing County Hall

The side wall of the dlr Lexicon, facing County Hall

A cloister lawn at dlr Lexicon with the Royal Marine Hotel in the background

A cloister lawn at dlr Lexicon with the Royal Marine Hotel in the background

Sillouettes of St. Michael's Church spire and the Pavilion Apartments

Sillouettes of St. Michael’s Church spire and the Pavilion Apartments

The collonade on the County Hall side of dlr Lexicon. This is above teh area where the publicly-accessible café will be and overlooks the cloistered lawn above.

The collonade on the County Hall side of dlr Lexicon. This is above the area where the publicly-accessible café will be and overlooks the cloistered lawn above.

dlr Lexicon with the fresh-water, eco-friendly pools just off the bottom of Haigh Terrace. [Photocredit Councillor Cormac Devlin.]

dlr Lexicon with the fresh-water, eco-friendly pools just off the bottom of Haigh Terrace. [Photocredit Councillor Cormac Devlin.]

There will be a bright, publicly-accessible café on the ground level of dlr Lexicon, overlooking the cloistered lawn.

There will be a bright, publicly-accessible café on the ground level of dlr Lexicon, overlooking the cloistered lawn.

Lexicon cafe 1

The café with St. Michael’s Church spire visible through the window.

Lexicon cafe 2

The serving counter in the dlr Lexicon café.

View of Marconi House at Moran Park, from the dlr Lexicon café.

View of Marconi House at Moran Park, from the dlr Lexicon café.

Lexicon performance space

There will a fully-seated performance space within dlr Lexicon, which is accessible from the café. This means that performances can be scheduled outside the opening hours of the main building and entry can be controlled by ticket. This photograph shows the seats (approximately 100) recessed into the wall; the performance stage is not raised.

The gallery for prominent art exhibitions by well-known artists (photocredit Bert Wright @bertwright1)

The gallery for prominent art exhibitions by well-known artists (photocredit Bert Wright @bertwright1)

A view from the window at the end of the gallery in the dlr Lexicon.

A view from the window at the end of the gallery in the dlr Lexicon, towards County Hall.

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