Brewery Quarter - Arena

The need for a large-scale entertainment venue for the Munster region, dictated that the building be treated as a prominent civic building. This is a ‘state of the art’ conference, entertainment, and exhibition venue (with a capacity for 6000 people) and stems from detailed and specific brief evolved from an in-depth analysis of flexible arena buildings, adapted by Live Nation, the proposed operator, for the Irish market.

BAM Developments

Cork, Ireland

Technical Design

11,000 sq.m


Regular, intense activity within such a public space will add a renewed vibrancy and energy to the surrounding area. At ground level concessions are located to the rear of the performance space. At higher levels, they are accessed through vomitoria directly off the main space. From here the meander of the river can be overlooked from a lightweight glass box, allowing unbroken views from east to west of the river corridor, Elizabeth Fort, the new bridge and St Finbarr’s Cathedral.

The internal bowl is a classic arena shape and creating an intimate interaction between audience and performer. It is designed to provide flexible seating arrangement and performance layouts, from ‘in the round’ boxing type events, ‘thrust stage’ performances to the various seated and mixed standing/ seated modes of a modern entertainment and exhibition venue.