The Wicklow Mountains and the Curragh plains – one of Europe’s oldest natural grasslands – frame Ireland’s preeminent racecourse, the Curragh, which leads the region’s prestigious reputation for breeding and racing thoroughbred bloodstock.
Grimshaw’s design redevelops the renowned Irish venue with a master plan that provides world-class facilities while respecting the unique landscape that gives the Curragh its identity.
Marked out by a soaring linear roof, the new grandstand builds up the anticipation of race day by bringing spectators together in one exemplary viewing terrace that directs attention to the spectacle of jockeys and horses.
Surrounding the central building, all public spaces, refreshment areas and the proposed Racing Museum are interconnected with well-organised, open circulation that creates continuity between events, the parkland setting and social gatherings.
Including essential functions for racing thoroughbreds, the master plan acts in harmony with the environment. At the same time, the project cultivates the sense of arrival, atmosphere and excitement that the Curragh has come to represent.
The grandstand design builds on the intimacy and buzz of race day by uniting spectators in a single viewing terrace, trackside.
“The integration of the new grandstand into this beautiful setting will be carefully and sensitively handled to establish a connection and balance between the natural and the man-made.”
Kirsten Lees, Partner, Grimshaw
The design of the grandstand is distinctive and spectacular. Its floating linear plane creates a powerful silhouette which contrasts with the undulating forms of the Curragh plains.
Curragh Racecourse ltd
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