The RDS is an historic venue that caters for the prestigious Dublin Horse Show as well as the home grounds for Leinster Rugby. As design competition entry, Hoban Design developed a design to expand the venue to a capacity of 25,000 spectators and the concept was to create an iconic and contemporary new stand. The design of which, facilitates the aspirations and dynamism of Leinster Rugby and also reinforces the ethos of the RDS.
A key touchstone to the design is the Harp, the ancient symbol of the province of Leinster and the crest of Leinster Rugby. The Harp combines graceful organic curves in its robust frame with interconnecting tensile ‘Harp Strings’, symbolically representing Passion, Culture and Creative Arts. Hoban Design was commended for the entry.
At 17,000sqft, the new home will set a new landmark in large scale modernist aesthetics and design within the exclusive Coombe Estate area.