Mechtild Manus, Director of the Goethe-Institut, today announced a €8 Million redevelopment and expansion of its Georgian HQ at 37 Merrion Square, Dublin 2. Designed by Irish-German architecture practice Henchion Reuter Architects, commissioned by the German Foreign Office and managed by the German Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning, the construction project will involve an extensive renovation and remodelling of the historic Georgian building and, post-development, will deliver new spaces and services for the Goethe-Institut, including a language school on-site and a public café in the historic building.
Henchion und Reuter Architekten was established in Leipzig in 1994. In 1998 Henchion and Reuter Architects was established in Dublin. The practice has received numerous design excellence awards in recent years. Completed projects include private homes, hotels, bridges, community and sports centres.
Mechtild Manus, Director of the Goethe-Institut Irland, said “Eventually there will be one address for everybody in Ireland who is interested in Germany, its language and its culture: 37 Merrion Square in Dublin. I am excited that the Goethe-Institut can play a significant role in the redevelopment of Merrion Square. However, we will continue to serve the whole country by offering events in Cork, Sligo, Galway, Limerick and many other places, not to forget online resources like eLibrary and online courses.”
German Ambassador, Dr Eckhard Lübkemeier, said about the project “The essence of diplomacy is to promote mutual understanding and cooperation. This is especially true in the case of Ireland and Germany, two countries that belong to our European community of nation-states. German-Irish partnership and people-to-people contacts are fostered by the invaluable work of the Goethe-Institut. On a daily basis, the Goethe-Institut creates and reinforces the cultural bonds of friendship and understanding between Ireland and Germany. This redevelopment of its Dublin headquarters, coming as it does in the 53rd year of its presence in Ireland, is a concrete testimony to the enduring commitment of Germany to furthering these bonds.”
“We want to restore the existing building, a protected structure, to the highest possible standards”, architect Martin Henchion pointed out. “The combined new and existing building will achieve a Building Energy Rating (BER) of A3 which will set a new standard for conservation projects in Georgian Dublin.”
For the duration of the building project (September 2014 to Autumn 2016), the Goethe-Institut will relocate to its current Education building at 62 Fitzwilliam Square, and some services will be reconfigured during the development. For more in this regard, please visit www.goethe.de/irland.