It is certainly a powerful building - as was the intention, no doubt. But for all of its strengths it looks clumsy. Irelands only comparable project at the time was the Ministry for Industry and Power - the present Ministry for Enteprise and Employment. More refined with hints of alternative architectural movements - art deco the most prominent.
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Originally posted by shaun
We all know this building. What do you think of it, and how does it compare with "Free state" architecture or projects of the period.
indeed! "free state" architecture wasn't supposed to instill fear and domination into a minority population.
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It built between 1928 and 1932 apparently.
The landscape and setting is extraordinary, as are those fantastic lamposts lining the drive and up at the building itself.
Something of a folly really.
I've always been deeply jealous of such an architectural statement and setting, while we're lumped with a musty lecture theatre tacked onto a townhouse, hidden behind trees and railings and a galvanised steel ramp...
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I believe it was originally intended to build the whole complex much larger but I think the money ran out.
This site is obviously not very much visited by people in Northern Ireland, otherwise surely someone from "up there" would have offered an opinion. It must be the Eire reference (in archeire) that is a little off-putting. Anyone know if there are any N.I. architecture sites?
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