The Lark is a 400 seat auditorium and classroom building within a campus masterplan prepared by SFA42 for the Irish Institute of Music and Song.
The new building replaces a derelict nursing home annex which was built onto the rear of Bedford House, a three storey over basement Georgian House. The internal auditorium volume is surrounded with gently sloping roofs which respond to the layout of the classrooms and proportions of Bedford House, a protected structure, and give public facades to the adjoining streets. The massing of the building is further broken up by using splays in the façade geometry towards the centre of the town reflected the shape of the acoustic ceiling within the auditorium.
Stephen Foley is an architect from Dublin. He has studied at TU Dublin and the School of Architecture in Madrid (ETSAM) and has both practiced and taught architecture in Ireland, the UK and Spain, setting up private practice in 2016. He won the RIAI Future Award in 2017 and his practice SFA42 architect is mostly involved in architectural projects with contain elements of masterplanning and public realm.
The Architectural Association of Ireland is a non-profit voluntary organisation, founded in 1896 'to promote and afford facilities for the study of Architecture and the Allied Sciences & Arts while providing a medium of friendly communication between the Members and others interested in the progress of Architecture'.