I encountered this 4th year Bolton Street project while minding my own business today in the Academy of Music on Westland Row.
while we were all getting ourselves exercised about saving the uniquely valuable streetscape on the ‘Frawleys’ section of Thomas Street last year [or was that two years ago], a new generation of Bolton Street architecture undergraduates were discovering the enduring appeal of Brutalism.
Apologies for the dodgy photography, the RIAM are saving money on light bulbs.Paul MaherDonnchadha GallagherGraine Ni ChuanachainBrian Jordan
One hint of sensitivity was provided by this scheme by Brian Jordan. Seemingly alone among the 16 students featured, Jordan proposed to retain and re-use several of the early 18th century houses on the site and he has confined his 'bush-hammered concrete' creation to just the site occupied by the 1930s Frawley building [OK and three of the five bays of the Joseph Fade mansion/bank]. Brian JordanRobert Chapman x2 [ not sure what the x2 stands for here, possibly his cyborg model no.]
That last guy has taken the general eastern-block-palace-of-culture
theme and taken it to a darker place. If you run a bar-code scanner across the facade backwards it actually reads ‘F%@k three hundred years of street-architecture, the future belongs to Satan’