Dundalk Bus Station

Dundalk Bus Station

Postby TG » Mon Nov 22, 1999 9:49 am

Having recently being in Dundalk, I swung by the Bus Station for a look and I admit to being very impressed. It's not a building you expect to see in a provincial Irish town. It has a serenity and a cleanness of line that should have it sitting in a sun drenched par tof the world. I hope it is nominated for the upcoming AAI awards because it desevres it and more importantly CIE deserve to be recognised for their vision in bulding such a building outside of Dublin.
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Postby BTH » Tue Nov 23, 1999 12:57 pm

I have to agree with you there. Seeing this incredibly clean cut and conceptually pure piece of architecture as I was swept into the station by bus a few months ago was quite a surprise. It's also pretty impeccably detailled and sits well with the little row of houses it adjoins. It's taken a long time for it to get any press, but hopefully it will get the appreciation it deserves from the general public.
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Postby fiachra » Tue Nov 23, 1999 1:32 pm

Any images?
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Postby Paul Clerkin » Tue Nov 23, 1999 1:37 pm

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Postby frank » Tue Nov 23, 1999 6:14 pm

The building in Dundalk is just one of many interesting buildings produced by the architects of Iaranrod Eireann over the last few years. More acknowledgement is deserved for the consistantly high standard of public architecture they have produced around ireland in what will be a vital area of our development over the next years - public transportation.
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Postby Fiachra » Tue Nov 23, 1999 7:27 pm

Thanks for the web address Paul. Stunning. Hats off to Iaranrod Eireann.
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Postby Mrs. M. J. Lister » Wed Nov 24, 1999 4:23 pm

Kilkenny rail and bus station is also quite
nice they moved from the outdated old station to a renovated warehouse along the platform. anyone else seen it?
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Postby Fiachra » Wed Nov 24, 1999 9:22 pm

I agree with Frank in that public transportation will be a big growth area. Let us hope we can carry on some great architectural traditions of these spaces and make them landmark buildings. Historically this has been the case and more recently with the Jubilee Line extension in London. Without taking anything away from Iaranrod Eireann let us hope that architecture is explored for these spaces and competition is invited.
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Postby MG » Thu Nov 25, 1999 10:21 am

Iarnrod Eireann Architects have done some good work recently:


Look at the renovated Heuston, makes going down the country by train a less frantic and uncomfortable experience


Look at the new Connolly.... I havent been down yet but by all accounts it's impressive


[now if they could only improve the trains]
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Postby Paul Clerkin » Thu Nov 25, 1999 11:54 am

Kilkenny Station:
http://www.irish-architecture.com/buildings_ireland/kilkenny/kilkenny/railwaystation_new_lge.html

And don't forget the work at Dun laoghaire:
http://www.irish-architecture.com/buildings_ireland/dublin/dunlaoghaire/dunlaoghaire_dart_station.html

Incidentally , there was a wild and very cool design concept for Dun Laoghaire station that never made it to reality involving a tensile roof structure. It would have created a great focal point when coming in from the ferryport.
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Postby Paul Clerkin » Thu Nov 25, 1999 12:04 pm

It's very positive to see these building designs even if they never go beyond concept stage as it indicates that there is a culture shift in the mindset of those comissioning.

And if our "public" architecture doesn't move forward, there is very little hope for education of the public as property developers are unlikely to push the envelope designwise.
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Postby Hugh Pearman » Thu Nov 25, 1999 1:14 pm

Interesting that public transport architecture should be getting the best design attention right across europe right now - such as the new Paris metro line, new Berlin railway interchange, the Irish examples you mention and various London projects including the new Jubilee Line and designs for the "Thameslink 2000" north-south link.

Dare we hope to believe that this means public transport is now back on the agenda in a way it hasn't been for years? Or is that being naively over-optimistic?
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Postby GLucas » Sun Nov 28, 1999 3:03 pm

It's great to see the aformentioned Dub Laoghaire Dart Station get a Special Mention in the recent AAI awards.

This kind of publicity can only help to drive the architects of CIE to better things. It's almost like the 1940s again when CIE built buildings such as Donnybrook Garage, Inchicore Chassis Works and Busaras.
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Postby Amye S. Ominsky » Mon Feb 07, 2000 6:13 pm

I really enjoyed learning about this structure. I rarely see such beauty and creativity in bus stations. It's nice that one's day can be brightened by a piece of architecture that lets in the brightness of the sun and that is also open to the world around it. This makes sence considering that the structure is a place where people begin and end journeys.
My friend from California is living in Ireland for the next two years. I hope that he will see he Dundalk station, so that I can hear his opinion on it.
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