by Tara Street?
I walk past this every morning and evening and God - I've had plenty of time to look at it. The new high rise which I'm sure will go up had better be an improvement on the likes of this hulking heap.
Honestly - it's like a big fat bloated corpse on the Quayside. It's not even as innovative as the Woodquay bunkers. Is it possible that it was DESIGNED by a firm of highly paid architects? Or was it simply assembled from existing 'off-the-shelf' drawings in lego?
It has a pre-fab or mail-order house look to it.
To call it a bloated corpse of a construction that looks as if it will eventually spread out like a monstrous lump of lead under it's own weight across the pavements and streets actually almost credits it with some substance whereas it's really more like sort of husk - a skeleton missing some sort of aesthetic meat.
And those - cheap aluminium and PVC pointed windows? God...
If you look down the river to the dare I say it - majestic SONY/Tennents/Guinness building [where the Harp Bar is/was.. showing my age] what a relief! It looks positively graceful, light, Ocean Going, thrusting upward as in Michelozzo's Pallazzo Medici-Ricardi in Firenze and even suggesting a sense of horizontal movement through the city - movement - not rooted in concrete - not squatting corpulently on the Quays like sacks of grain awaiting shipment.
Why can't the other said building be the Architecture of the future?
Anyway - who designed those?
[PS: sorry for being Dublin-centric]
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A useful comparison is the civic offices (phase two) which I believe is a dignified and courageous attempt to promote modernity. And it succeeds. It's got wonderful detailing, massing, scale... the modern equivalent of the Customs house. Yes, it can be seen as "just another off the shelf STW design", but get beyond the prejudice and see the quality. At least compared to the Ulster Bank!
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