Located on Ely Place in Dublin since 1970, the Royal Hibernian Academy is an artist-led organisation that supports contemporary art and artists in Ireland through exhibition, education and advocacy.
Commissioned by the Board of the Royal Hibernian Academy, Axiseng led the mechanical and electrical engineering planning and designs for the complex project in 2007 because of their success and well-recognised reputation in previous public building refurbishment projects.
The project involved the major upgrade and renovation of the six large interconnecting open galleries that make up the existing building and new studio workshop areas, library, atrium, café and book store were added to the existing facility.
The lighting designs carefully took into consideration the neutral background colour scheme throughout the galleries as well as the versatility of the illuminating systems due to the variety of exhibitions that would be displayed in the building. The overall lighting design enhanced the texture, warmth and depth of the internal environment allowing the artists to showcase their work.
The newly renovated building sits along the quiet street of Ely Place and as a result of the major upgrades, has become a focal point in the area attracting an influx of visitors to the exhibition programmes and bringing vibrancy to the local community.