Daniel Libeskind

'Working on the design for the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in Dublin was as inspiring as reading Dublin’s great writers! Not a moment of boredom; only enthusiasm and a great civic society collaborating throughout the process.'


Bord Gáis Energy Theatre is an iconic architectural landmark designed by a world-renowned architect, Daniel Libeskind. In Libeskind’s words, “the theatre overlooks a public plaza. Like a grand outdoor lobby, the plaza invites the public to view the soaring glass façade of the theatre much like a glass curtain, which tilts back in space in diagonal pleats. The public can gaze into its Piranesian interior of horizontal ramps and diagonal pilotes.

The design concept for the theatre is, in fact, stages - the theatre’s ‘real’ stage and the plaza as another, equally real but more provisional and changing stage. By night, when… the theatre’s tilting façade and plaza are illuminated, the entire complex transforms into a multi-experiential stage.”

Bord Gáis Energy Theatre has pushed the boundaries of architecture, design and acoustics, making it a landmark project in Ireland.


Bord Gáis Energy Theatre was designed by Daniel Libeskind, an architect who is internationally renowned for his ability to evoke cultural memory in buildings. Informed by a deep commitment to music, philosophy, literature, and poetry, Mr Libeskind aims to create architecture that is resonant, unique and sustainable.


Born in Lód’z, Poland, in 1946, Mr Libeskind immigrated to the United States as a teenager and, with his family, settled in the Bronx. He received the American-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship and performed as a musical virtuoso, before eventually leaving music to study architecture.


Mr Libeskind’s other projects include the Jewish Museum in Berlin; The Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto; and the master plan for the rebuilding of the World Trade Centerin Lower Manhattan, among many others.


Bord Gáis Energy Theatre has pushed the boundaries of architecture, design and acoustics, making it a landmark project in Ireland.


As Principal Design Architect for Studio Libeskind, Mr Libeskind speaks widely on the art of architecture in universities and professional summits. Daniel Libeskind’s architecture and ideas have been the subject of many articles and exhibitions, influencing the field of architecture and the development of cities and culture.

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Bord Gáis Energy Theatre has become an essential addition to the Irish cultural landscape. With a visit to our theatre, you and your loved ones will be mesmerised by a world of wonder, imagination, emotion and creativity.

Bord Gáis Energy Theatre is owned by Crownway Investments, a private family investment company. The theatre commenced building in January 2007 and opened in March 2010 with The Russian State Ballet featuring stars from the Bolshoi performing Swan Lake. The theatre quickly became an audience favourite with its outstanding sound quality, gorgeous décor and iconic architecture.

Now in our second decade, it is our mission to continue to enrich our audiences’ cultural lives, to raise artistic awareness and ultimately inspire and nurture the future of live theatre in Ireland.