Architects bring playfulness to the heart of Titanic Quarter

“Sound Yard” envisions an exciting recreation experience using sound to evoke Belfast’s maritime history.

The Royal Society of Ulster Architects (RSUA) and JP Corry have partnered with Titanic Foundation to develop and deliver “Sound Yard”, a new temporary play area on the Maritime Mile. This project envisions an exciting recreation experience using sound to evoke Belfast’s maritime history and integrating play into the landscape of Belfast city centre.

Designed by Hannah Wilson, Matthew Kernan, and Eunan Deeney, this plan was the winner of the 2019 RSUA / JP Corry CityPlay Design Competition aimed at early career architects which challenged entrants to create a distinctive Belfast experience centred around play on the city’s waterfront. RSUA President, Joan McCoy, said “Design competitions showcase the creative potential of architecture. Sound Yard is a skilful proposal to enhance the Maritime Mile with playfulness and create a child-friendly place.”

Chris McComb, Specialist Sales Manager at JP Corry, said “The standard of entries continue to rise in this competition. Congratulations to every applicant and in particular the winning project “Sound Yard” – the quality and talent of our local architects is truly exceptional. Belfast is evolving and the future design of the city is vital.

The CityPlay Design Competition is an excellent way to get young people thinking about the role that architecture plays and what it can do for Northern Ireland. We’re delighted to continue our support of the competition and Architecture Night.”

Competition winners Hannah Wilson, Matthew Kernan, and Eunan Deeney said: “The Sound Yard is nestled on the industrious Maritime mile of Belfast and aims to create a foci along the route to gather around and within. The installation is inspired by the lamented loss of the shipyard industry and the resonance of sounds that once dominated the area.

The Sound Yard is brought to life through collaborative interaction, creating a place to play, perform and learn. The design celebrates the history of its site and aims to reinvigorate the area through the creation of sounds that will resonate along the Maritime mile and pay homage to the rich industrial heritage of our city.”

Kerrie Sweeney, Chief Executive of Titanic Foundation, said: “Incorporating play onto the Maritime Mile is a great way to attract local communities and reconnect them with the city’s iconic waterfront. We were delighted with the response to the RSUA competition with so many inspirational ideas and look forward to delivering the winning proposal alongside our partners.