The impressive new Metropolitan Arts Centre (MAC) adds a world-class visitor destination to Belfast's cathedral quarter. Wienerberger's mellowed red sovereign stock plays a decisive role for the achievment.
Metropolitan Arts Centre, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Hackett Hall McKnight, Belfast
The MAC, Belfast
Mellowed Red Sovereign Stock facing brick, 65 mm
The MAC, Belfast, Northern Ireland
The £18 million MAC at St Anne’s Square received double recognition at the Brick Development Association’s 2012 Brick Awards – winning both the Best Public Building prize and the highly coveted Supreme Award. The decisive factor for this success was the interplay of the exposed red brick finish with the glass elements and a basalt cladding. With this external finish, the modern building reflects the surrounding buildings of this grand Victorian merchant city.
We aimed to create a buulding, which would with its warmth and texture reflect the heritage of the factories and warehouses of this city.
Building in the public sphere often involves an architecture of appropriateness.