I'm new to this site and not an architect, but interested in urban design and planning.
What do people think of the new Mahon point shopping centre in Cork? I got the bus down there at the weekend and nearly got run over by all the cars. They seemed to have forgotten the pedestrians when they were designing this thing.
Just for a laugh, i've decided to put the 3 best and 3 worst new developments in Cork (as I see them) on here. If anyone has difffering views, let me know.
1. Student apartments at Victoria Cross (a hideos cube of a building that will bring tears to eyes of any Corkonian)
2. The apartments adjacent to the Gate Cinema, opposite The North Mall (appalling, and the empty retail outlets on the ground floor add to the mess)
3. Kyrls Quay /Dunnes Stores Carpark (Visible all the way down the river, this is a disgusting building which clearly should never have been built. Thankfully plans are in place to cover it all up with a design competition recently been launched in conjunction with Cork 2005)
1. Glucksman Gallery at UCC (I was totally opposed to this when it was being built as that was the last bit if grass in UCC, but it looks fabulous , is the only building i've seen which TOTALLY suits its location and the small 'platform' means it takes up even less space than the old tennis courts)
2. New appartments opposite the opera house (think they're called Camden Wharf. Not yet finished but look really good. In keeping with nearby terrace of buildings.)
3. New Patrick Street (This is amazing ... i Love it. I know some people hate it, but it really is a joy to be in Patrick Street on a sunny saturday. lots going on, loads of space for people to meet and chat, etc. The lights are fabulous too.)
So, there you are, my Best and Worst of Cork's new Developments. Do you agree/disagree with me? Whats your best and worst list? Post them here.
P.S. Does anybody know what the new Archives building in Blackpool is going to look like (or have a pic)??