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Postby phil » Thu Nov 06, 2003 3:34 pm

I think this question has been asked before but I cannot find it within the threads. Does anyone know why there are metal rails sticking out from the House of Ireland Building on Nassau Street? Is it because there is a worry that parts of it might start to fall off?
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Postby what? » Thu Nov 06, 2003 4:21 pm

yeah, thats it.

if you look closely at the brick-like cladding you can see that a small number of them are missing. the railings are there so a brick doesnt fall on someones head an get them sued .
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Postby sw101 » Thu Nov 06, 2003 4:57 pm

Brick-like? what is it?
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Postby what? » Thu Nov 06, 2003 5:09 pm

if my memory serves me right its some sort of clay-like individual pieces. slightly darker than terracotta but not unlike it, with a rough wavy face. i dont know exactly what it is, just going on memory. maybe someone else does.
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Postby Paul Clerkin » Thu Nov 06, 2003 5:12 pm

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Postby phil » Thu Nov 06, 2003 6:13 pm

Thanks everyone. What do you all think of it as a buiding? I personally think it looks well on that corner. It would be a shame if the terecotta tiles had to be taken off or replaced with something else. They give a distinct quality to the building.
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Postby GrahamH » Fri Nov 07, 2003 9:03 pm

I agree, the glass corners give it a lovely transparent quality.

The pieces that are falling off are rectangular vertically and are about 6 inches in height, about 3-4 in width. They point outwards in the middle - suppose they're somewhat like mini-capstones from tops of gate posts, only stuck on sideways.
You can see quite a few are missing already, although I can't see any on the protective railings yet!
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Postby what? » Sat Nov 08, 2003 4:18 pm

those railings have been there for many years. one 'brick' may fallen off and their decision was to put up these protective cages instead of going to the massive expense of recladding the builing(which is understandable). i think tho, what was a short term solution has become a permanent one. the cages ruin what is a quite interesting building.
i think its time to reface the building or at least provide a safety net that doesnt make the building look like it is still under construction
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Postby GrahamH » Mon Nov 10, 2003 4:23 pm

They havn't really been there for years - about a year and a half at most, as I saw them being erected, but I agree that such a length of time is unacceptable - they are most unsightly and ugly.
Is planning permission not required for such a structure?
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Postby notjim » Thu Jan 15, 2004 11:58 am

planning notice on this building, repair and part replacement of the facade! don't know if that means the tiles are coming off.
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Postby phil » Thu Jan 15, 2004 12:31 pm

Thanks for that Notjim. I hope that they don't ruin the facade. I think it is one of the nicer modern buildings in Dublin. I have been trying to look for tiles which might have fallen from the building on the metal guard, but all i can see is the odd crisp packet and a few leaves. It does seem as though some of the tiles had fallen off previously though.
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