Best Irish building ever...

Best Irish building ever...

Postby Sue » Wed Dec 17, 2003 7:26 pm

Okay, so we've probably had it before, but....

What do you think is the best building in Ireland? The Customs House is close, but I think the Bank of Ireland on College Green in Dublin, as seen from Grafton Street, is a knock-down dead gorgeous sight. If there's a better building in Ireland, I want to hear about it.
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Postby PVC King » Wed Dec 17, 2003 7:31 pm

You really need two threads for this one:

Firstly best building post independence

Busaras

Built at a time when no one else built anything decent


Formed the basis for what is my favourite view of 'Modern Dublin'

Exiting Connolly walking towards the Custom
House

Secondly best Building pre-independence

Thats my two bed bungalow in Ranelagh

Built in 1780 yes a one off house in middle of the city

bungalow bliss all I need is the Micra

Seriously

Period Building for me The Four Courts
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Postby garethace » Wed Dec 17, 2003 9:55 pm

Santa's workshop in the St. Stephen's Green shopping centre. Best thing I have seen in all of Dublin so far. :-)
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Postby what? » Wed Dec 17, 2003 10:35 pm

modern:the central bank pre railings, berkley library, trinity.old. has to be the custom house.
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Postby Desmund » Thu Dec 18, 2003 1:38 pm

Totally agree with you Sue. It's got to be the Bank of Ireland, with the custom house coming in second.

Another fav of mine is St Annes on Dawson street.
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Postby what? » Thu Dec 18, 2003 2:00 pm

the bank of ireland is just an applied gandon facade, i dont think that qualifies as the best ever irish building.
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Postby alan d » Thu Dec 18, 2003 2:18 pm

Berkeley Library, Trinity College ABK
Ussher Library, Trinity College McCullough Mulvin
Our Lady of Bethlehem, Padraig Murray
Busaras

Although I hav'nt seen it in the flesh I like the look of the Technical College in Bishoptown by De Blacam Meagher. I also think the Spike is amazing
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Postby phil » Thu Dec 18, 2003 3:01 pm

There is something I really like about the City Hall in Dublin. I like the way it really dominates Parliament Street. I personally would prefer it to the Custom House. With regard to modern buildings, I like Bank of Ireland Baggot Street, Central Bank (as with What? in its pre-railing state), I also really like the Ussher and the Berkeley libraries, but the Ussher can be a bit noisy due to the atrium running straight through it (phones can be heard all the time). The light in it is great though and it is a very comfortable place to study when it is quiet. I also really like those two new buildings in UCD, the Virus Reference Lab by McCullough Mulvin and the Medical Research Lab by O'Donnell and Tuomey Architects. I might be a little hurried mentioning them here but it is like all of these 'best ever' lists, I would tend to be favourable to things which are in my mind at the time.
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Postby what? » Thu Dec 18, 2003 3:57 pm

yep interior space inside city hall is possibly the best in the city vying with the long room in the old trinity library. im sure that most dubliners havnt been inside either of these two buildings.
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Postby PVC King » Thu Dec 18, 2003 4:07 pm

Another pleasing aspect to City hall is the visibility into the building from the Castle St side.

Fantastic building really a pity that Capel St doesn't capitalise more on it.

Which is such a pity It is typical of the refusal of many Southsiders to drink North of the Liffey
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Postby GrahamH » Thu Dec 18, 2003 4:53 pm

Nah - the Custom House is taking the easy way out - I never really became attached to this building - its too perfect. Like a pretty girl fluttering her eyelashes aching to be liked.
Still stunning though.

Bank of Ireland is my favourite, with City Hall and Trinity's West Front joint second. Trinity's too well known as an institution with the Book of Kells etc - so the west front is just glossed over by everyone. I think it's just perfect, so simple and elegant - a more continental style really.

And the central block of the other BOI as my modern.
Damn that bank - they've monopolies in everything!
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Postby PVC King » Thu Dec 18, 2003 6:09 pm

West Front on College Green or West Chapel?
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Postby Mrs. M. J. Lister » Thu Dec 18, 2003 10:11 pm

sorry was the post irelands best building.... or the nicest building to be built in dublin in the last hundred years ?

irelands best building

'Gallarus' Oratory no contest, true beauty, understand of structures material, and in total harmony with its suroundings

and i would like to see the state of all of the other building mentioned here in 1000 years time...
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Postby GrahamH » Fri Dec 19, 2003 9:03 pm

Well if An Taisce has anything to do with it they'll all be in a perfect state of preservation incased in vast Tupperware containers!

And rightly so!

I was talking about the College Green west front of Trinity earlier - passed it today - just beautiful (ignoring the pvc frames behind the sashes)
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Postby GregF » Tue Dec 23, 2003 11:33 am

The best Irish building ever ......has to be Newgrange....heh heh!
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Postby Mrs. M. J. Lister » Tue Dec 23, 2003 3:13 pm

GregF The best Irish building ever ......has to be Newgrange....heh heh!


newgrange probally is ireland best grave, dont know about best building...
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Postby Mob79 » Tue Dec 23, 2003 3:33 pm

Its not a grave though, theirs bodies buried in christchurch, dosen't make it a grave.
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Postby Blain » Tue Dec 23, 2003 3:55 pm

Is anyone familiar with Lismore Castle in Co. Waterford? It may not be the most architecturally or historically significant building, but its setting makes it one of the most spectacular buildings I've seen in this country.
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