New U2 Studio in Dublin Docklands

New U2 Studio in Dublin Docklands

Postby Paul Clerkin » Tue Nov 12, 2002 2:38 pm

LANDMARK TOWER DEVELOPMENT TO CREATE A NEW GATEWAY TO THE CITY

The Dublin Docklands Development Authority has today issued a brief for an Architectural Concept Competition to design a 60 metre landmark tower at the riverside in Dublin’s Docklands. The tower is to include an exclusive recording studio for rock band U2 on it’s top two floors.

The band has been in discussion with the Docklands Authority on this project since last year when the Authority sought to purchase the current studio at Hanover Quay to allow public amenity works relating to the Grand Canal Harbour development.

Peter Coyne, CEO of the Docklands Authority stated: “We proposed the landmark tower in the Grand Canal Docks Area Planning Scheme in 2000 and are more than delighted that the band has taken the top floors as that can only add to the significance of the landmark. Indeed it adds to the significance of the whole area. We are operating the competition to procure a concept design which can then be taken forward with the development market.”

A spokesperson for the band said: “We are proud to be a Dublin band. We did not want to break our strong association with the Docklands and this development gives us the opportunity to secure the unique nature of accommodation we need in a truly remarkable and exciting way.”

The competition, which has been prepared in association with the RIAI, is open internationally and architects are required to prepare concept proposals for a slim “point” block over four more substantial floors providing recording studios, offices and ground floor bar/restaurant/entertainment venue. Architects will submit their proposals to the scrutiny of a jury put together by the Docklands Authority. The band will nominate a member to be one of the jury.

The development will be enclosed by the public riverside amenity strip (campshire) which the Docklands Authority is developing on both sides of the Liffey between Matt Talbot Bridge and the East Link Bridge. The campshire on Sir John Rogerson’s Quay is currently being landscaped as public space.

“The riverside areas of the Docklands are undergoing massive physical changes and the river is beginning to come back to life. This development will be the first at this end of Sir John Rogerson’s Quay and will create a new landmark gateway to the city”, added Mr. Coyne.
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Postby ew » Tue Nov 12, 2002 3:00 pm

Exciting competition though isn't it? I hope there's loads of brilliant entries. Here's where it'll go:



It's a good deal for U2 - the top 2 stories and Bono said at the conference that it won't cost them at all! Still it'll make it easy to direct tourists to - it was hard to give clear direction to windmill lane and you often see lost looking fans down townsend and lime st. This one will be hard to miss!
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Postby Rita Ochoa » Thu Nov 14, 2002 1:02 pm

Can someone please tell me where I can oficial and detailed information about this competition (online).

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Postby Paul Clerkin » Thu Nov 14, 2002 1:05 pm

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Postby Rory W » Fri Nov 22, 2002 6:18 pm

Hooray for Bono and his pals getting space for free at one of the most important sites in Dublin - that'll do his ego no harm...
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Postby farazarchi » Fri Nov 22, 2002 10:03 pm

damn....100u....alot of money for registeration?they need concept but they wana money.....
free concept so no expence for designing
....it is somehow frauding.....
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Postby Peter Fitz » Sun Nov 24, 2002 6:10 pm

at 60 meters, its only going to be a few feet higher than liberty hall, not much to get excited about :-(
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Postby GregF » Mon Nov 25, 2002 10:38 am

All these tall buildings planned for Dublin........just hope the Dublin Fire Brigade has adequate extension ladders in case a fire breaks out on the top floors. Could be disasterous, such inadequate thinking......may lead to more tribunals.
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Postby Rita Ochoa » Mon Nov 25, 2002 1:27 pm

Is there some reason with Ireland doesn't want to have HIGH buildings ?...
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Postby fjp » Mon Nov 25, 2002 1:41 pm

we're backward?
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Postby Rita Ochoa » Mon Nov 25, 2002 1:47 pm

Maybe it's just a cultural aspect... Your cities are very "horizontal" and no one there likes living on appartments!... just don't blame it on the earthquakes 'cause u don't have them!
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Postby Rita Ochoa » Tue Nov 26, 2002 1:10 pm

What's happening aroung the site proposed in the competition ? The Docklands website is very vague...
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Postby deepnote » Tue Nov 26, 2002 3:54 pm

hey I'm thinking a very tall Capital Records Building (the LA landmark)...
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Postby Rita Ochoa » Wed Nov 27, 2002 6:46 pm

Where were the old studios ? Can i see a picture of it ? is it demolished already ?
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Postby rperse » Wed Nov 27, 2002 9:14 pm

At last something of significant height in the Docklands. The existing quayside developments and proposed
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Postby rperse » Wed Nov 27, 2002 9:22 pm

contd.. Spencer Dock, while impressive in their own right, have not taken advantage of the possibility of building beyond the 5 storey norm. looking downstream from O'Connell Bridge it would be nice to see some evidence of this new "World class city quarter" and not just a view blocked by that awful loopline bridge.
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Postby GregF » Thu Nov 28, 2002 10:14 am

Even Frank McDonald says much the same in todays Irish Times............it has the potential as I have said before on countless times of being a morass of mediocre mundanity. There's alliteration for ye.
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Postby Rita Ochoa » Thu Nov 28, 2002 11:30 am

I'll try again...

What's happening aroung the site proposed in the competition ? The Docklands website is very vague...
Where were the old studios ? Can i see a picture of it ? is it demolished already ?
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Postby Rita Ochoa » Tue Dec 10, 2002 1:01 am

What is this ?
Was there a previous competition ?

http://www.skyscrapers.com/english/worldmap/building/0.9/139187/index.html
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Postby Andrew Duffy » Tue Dec 10, 2002 9:38 am

That's a different building in the same general area. It is approved, but the company that owns the site is the subject of a messy takeover campaign at the moment.

http://www.ddda.ie/uploads/pdfs/aerial%20shots.pdf

The highlighted site is for the U2 building, the large empty site for the building you posted the link to. I believe the existing U2 studio is in one of the unpleasant warehouses towards the top left of the picture. The city is off in the direction of the top right; so if both buildings are built the larger one will obscure the "landmark" U2 tower.
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