3Arena, Dublin

Over 500 specification grade doors and an acoustic wall paneling solution was provided by SAS International to the recently renovated 3Arena in Dublin.

Key features




Harry Crosbie


HOK Architects

Main contractor

PJ Wallis


Platt & Reilly

Completion year


System type

Acoustic Wall Systems, Timber Doors and Frames, Door Finishes

Area M2

521 doors



SAS International provided over 500 specification grade doors and acoustic wall panels to the renovated 3Arena in Dublin. Designed by HOK Architects, the 3Arena has seen the legendary Point Theatre completely renovated with two new storeys added and capacity increased to over 14,000 visitors.

Featured throughout the arena, SAS International supplied acoustic wall panelling to the main auditorium and lobby areas. The panels were designed and manufactured to integrate smoothly within the overall design of the building as well as to create an aesthetic wall feature in its own right. Specified in dark grey. the panels are fitted as individual units or together in a wide expanse of metal wall cladding.

With a square pitch perforation, the finish and dimensions of each tile continue the box theme found in the texured concrete walls. Supplied with an acoustic fleece, mineral wool pad or backing plate, SAS has supplied numerous acoustic panels to the leisure sector to improve acoustic absorption and reduce attenuation.

A variety of single and double bespoke doors, including differing vision panel requirements, were installed throughout the building with fire ratings of up to 60 minutes (FD60). To meet the acoustic requirements demanded in a large music arena, the doors were fitted with acoustic seals and automated threshold strips, while the door frames were installed with acoustic seals.

The 3Arena opened in December 2008 and was previously known as the Point Theatre. The venue has been Dublin’s main arena for large scale indoor events since it was converted from a train shed in 1988. The original building was completed in the 1880s and is protected as an Irish Heritage building. The design brief called for HOK to create an international class concert venue that would attract the world’s premier performers to Dublin.

Systems used