What appears at first sight to be a blithely oblivious Georgian building menaced by a looming concrete monolith is in fact anything but: the two are conjoined twins housing a cinema. dePaor constructed half a townhouse as an entrance for the building, helping it to blend into the Galway street. The trick is revealed on turning the corner: the gable end is of the same polished concrete as the main structure. The material gives the building the feel of a warehouse, not inappropriate for the waterside site, but its blankness is relieved by the Gaelic and English words, PALAS and PALACE respectively, stamped into the concrete – a restrained nod to the flashy cinema signage of the 1920s. A scattering of small windows, proportioned to academy screen ratios, will come alive at night, when the red, green and amber windows light up from within. As well as three screens, the largest of which is in the basement, the building houses a café and a bar.
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Source: Anna Hofheinz
Picture Palace Depaor Architects
Photograph by Peter Maybury