Convention centre

Re: Convention centre

Postby Rory W » Fri Sep 12, 2008 1:44 pm

Where the hotel that didn't get planning was?
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Re: Convention centre

Postby paul h » Fri Sep 12, 2008 1:50 pm

Yep, not too reliable i suppose:D
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Re: Convention centre

Postby luxor » Fri Sep 12, 2008 2:29 pm

I pass the area quite regulary but have only been down there a few times and my god what a truly depressing place it is,the people behind this regeneration project should be shot.Its a national embarrassment.
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Re: Convention centre

Postby Peter Fitz » Fri Sep 12, 2008 3:48 pm

Might be over stating things a bit there luxor, but your entitled to your opinion !
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Re: Convention centre

Postby shanekeane » Fri Sep 12, 2008 3:57 pm

Peter Fitz wrote:Might be over stating things a bit there luxor, but your entitled to your opinion !


I couldn't agree more with luxor. The whole thing is the most horrendous development I've ever seen, and I'm from Limerick! Total lack of imagination, lack of colour, lack of atmosphere. It's a combination of the totally conservative view of building in this country, the complete vulgarity of those seeking profit, and the complete drabness of the Dublin climate, which was not taken into account when designing these grey buildings.
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Re: Convention centre

Postby dan_d » Fri Sep 12, 2008 9:42 pm

The orginal render on the PWC building was white, wasn't it??I've seen impressions of it like that.It's desperately depressing and slightly monolithic, with it's current shade of grey.And the grey granite in the landscaping.And the grey (looking) building behind it.Matches the grey sky and the murky grey liffey....!!!
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Re: Convention centre

Postby johnglas » Sat Sep 13, 2008 4:54 pm

You could always try some of that wonderful red-purple sandstone and silver-blue limestone (complete with fossils) from CORK (!) for cladding buildings in Dublin. Am I being provocative?
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Re: Convention centre

Postby SunnyDub » Sat Sep 13, 2008 5:06 pm

"working for profit, how vulgar", what do you work for?!
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Re: Convention centre

Postby shanekeane » Sun Sep 14, 2008 1:40 am

people working for profit don't care if they walk all over the public realm with their despicable money driven visions of our land, where every square metre of landscape is nothing but a profit opportunity. that's why we have retail parks all over the place. one of the reasons we have planning laws is that these people aren't given unadulterated control over how our country will look in the future, because they're nothing but a bunch of parochial nouveau riche jackasses without a scintilla of aesthetic sensibility. given the ridiculous, record breakingly harsh planning laws in this country, how did all this shit get built? apparently only interesting proposals are the ones that get banned.
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Re: Convention centre

Postby ake » Sun Sep 14, 2008 10:53 am

In fairness the docklands is a disgrace.

Just look at this, a stone's throw up the river from the CC on the opposite bank;

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urban sprawl? density? commuter? traffic? transport? encroaching suburbs?

Wasn't there some sort of talk about some of these things a while back?

oh and the PWC was white in the render on their hoarding;

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it was a tad dirty by the time i took that pic!
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Re: Convention centre

Postby johnglas » Sun Sep 14, 2008 12:00 pm

ake: could you parse the first picture you posted and tell me exactly what is wrong with it? Looks like a perfectly decent and modulated inner-city residential development to me. If you want to cram everyone in Kowloon-style you're living on the wrong continent (possibly even universe).
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Re: Convention centre

Postby johnny21 » Mon Sep 15, 2008 1:21 pm

If anybody is interested the view of the auditorium!!!:p
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Re: Convention centre

Postby Satrastar » Fri Nov 28, 2008 9:14 pm

It's been said numerous times that the design of the National Conference Centre makes reference to the Gasometer.

Is there any truth to this?
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Re: Convention centre

Postby gunter » Sun Nov 30, 2008 1:40 am

The makings of an urban myth there I think!

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I've no idea how this picture came out, there's obviously some fool-proof setting on my camera for near dark situations.
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Re: Convention centre

Postby alonso » Sun Nov 30, 2008 1:51 pm

kinda reminds me of the scene in Star Wars where a load of droids are lined up for selection by Luke Skywalker - all we need is a camp well-spoken 12-15 storey building to the left of R2D2 there and we have it...
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Re: Convention centre

Postby rob mc » Sun Nov 30, 2008 2:29 pm

I'm sorry for this but doesn't the covention centre look very unconventional!?
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Re: Convention centre

Postby johnny21 » Mon Dec 01, 2008 11:15 am

The sisk website have recently added a webcam to view the progress of the ncc. Heres the link!! http://www.sisk.ie/sisk/sisk/www/default.asp?magpage=25&id=575§or_id=1&wid=2 Also added a birds eye pic of the site taken from sisks website!!:D
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Re: Convention centre

Postby lostexpectation » Mon Dec 01, 2008 11:35 am

does anybody simple not like it, it looks so awkard
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Re: Convention centre

Postby johnny21 » Mon Dec 01, 2008 11:46 am

lostexpectation wrote:does anybody simple not like it, it looks so awkard
Dont konw yet. I wait until the building is complete before i make judgement!!! :confused::confused:
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Re: Convention centre

Postby spoil_sport » Mon Dec 01, 2008 12:23 pm

Well, lostexpectation, we all know where I stand on this monstrocity by now.

"Dont konw yet. I wait until the building is complete before i make judgement!!!"

Ah come on now, its as good as.... sure, that little bit of cladding at the back will make all the difference... or maybe the whole structure at the moment is just temporary hoarding and the real building is inside, and it's all just a really bad joke... no? too much to ask?

short of a massive localised earthquake that completely demolishes it, I really can't see anything improving over the next few weeks and months.
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Re: Convention centre

Postby notjim » Mon Dec 01, 2008 1:47 pm

Isn't it surprising that the cylinder isn't glassed across the top; perhaps the whole cylinder isn't articulated on the inside. Is the roof going to be used as a function area?
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Re: Convention centre

Postby Rory W » Wed Dec 03, 2008 11:02 am

Satrastar wrote:It's been said numerous times that the design of the National Conference Centre makes reference to the Gasometer.

Is there any truth to this?


I think it makes more reference to the Gasholder which used to be sited opposite on Sir John Rogersons Quay more than the Gasometer in googleland (as it's now know)
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Re: Convention centre

Postby GregF » Wed Dec 03, 2008 1:13 pm

Rory W wrote:I think it makes more reference to the Gasholder which used to be sited opposite on Sir John Rogersons Quay more than the Gasometer in googleland (as it's now know)


Aye indeed, and anyone notice too the glass cylinder atop of the building across the river. Although this building was built long before the NCC was even started I'm sure this was a reference to it.
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Re: Convention centre

Postby Paul Clerkin » Wed Dec 03, 2008 1:49 pm

But Greg the NCC design has been kicking around for ages now... when was the oral hearing? 2000?
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Re: Convention centre

Postby spoil_sport » Wed Dec 03, 2008 2:07 pm

I think any perceived reference to context is coincidental, and highly dubious. Your reading too much into it now. The NCC was designed long before the Scots yoke, and I dare say entirely oblivioius to anything within a 100 mile radius, and while I'm not a Scots fan, riverside 1 is infinitely more sophisticated. I know I sound like a broken record now, and a few people are probably getting a little bit pissed off now, but this thing really is awful...
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