sw101 wrote:oh mein eyes.
Ach mein leibe! Yeah some pretty funky colours there!
But at least it livens the text up a little. Why not! (Kind of 'Swinging Seventies London-ish' don't you think?
A-ha wrote:Thanks for the info. Yeah, thought buildings in excess of 100m was too good to be true for Cork. Shame the Water Street development was changed, I prefered it when the tower was in the middle, it looked more symetrical and very classy. Another botched job by the planning authorities! It looks very similar if not identical to some apartments that were built in London's docklands last year (don't ask me the name, I'm after forgetting).
And whats this I read in the Echo today...... Cork's two airbridges still in consideration by the DAA, fools. Maybe their plan is to turn Cork into a little regional airport like Waterford or Sligo so we'll be forced to use Dublin Airport to leave the country. What will the people from New York think when they arrive into Cork airport only having to find they have to sprint across the tarmac! First world country, third class facilities!
I agree Water Street was more symmetrical in its original form - I also think the design was a little more fussy, but not in a strictly negative sense. Either way, the revised form isn't all that bad either. I think it's a good scheme, I take the CCC point about the repetitiveness of the scheme, in most cases I would agree, but I think in the individual context of this scheme, it is actually suited and hence Water Street does seem to work in a nice way. I wholly agree about creating distinctive landmark buildings, and a point has been made that any highrise must be of a strong and complimentary aesthetic nature, I endorse that - I loathe the idea of monotonous highrise blocks which supposedly given skyline distinction based on their height. I don't buy that, if a highrise is going to be proposed, it has to earn its right to add to the skyline in terms of strong, distinctive aesthetics. I still feel the nautical looking Water Street scheme works - but we'll see how the appeal works out.
Also, regarding height, I don't think we should look at the height of a building as being a reason for joy, it should more be the nature of its design we should look at. Indeed I agree and support the promotion of some highrise in the docklands area - I think the city stands to earn no harm from a little skyline distinction - but as said before, the building must be judged on the quality of its design and usage first and foremost. A building could be 120m for all I care, but if it doesn't add positively, it shouldn't add at all.
I think with each new project, better standards need to keep being pressed. Eglinton Street and Water Street seem to have been a positive start, but it can't stop there. Hopefully, the docklands development will support this ideology increasingly so as it unfolds.
Also, I agree the airport does need airbridges. Yes I know about Ryanair and Aer Lingus - but I don't think that should be the issue at heart. I was literally soaked through to the skin from the run between aircraft and terminal the other day after arriving home! Shannon seems to be getting another 3 airbridges interestingly enough. From what I do know, despite the chat, Cork will be getting its 2 airbridges with an option on a 3rd and 4th, at the CAA's expense in the future.