Dublin visits

Dublin visits

Postby aland » Wed Jul 07, 2004 2:29 pm

Penny Lewis, the editor of Prospect Magazine, Scotland's top architecture Magazine will be visiting Dublin this weekend for the RIBA Conference.

She asked me to list what I would consider to be the most interesting but out of the way buildings... of the beaten track so to speak, so no point listing the spike, for example because you can't miss it.

I have said:

Utility Building in Clontarf by Tom de Paor
Chocolate Soup by Graven Images
Ussher Library Trinity
Medical Research Labs UCD by O'Donnell Tuomey
Timber Research Lab UCD BY McCulloch Mulvin
Student Centre UCD by Murray O'Laoire
Urban Institute UCD by Grafton Architects
New Residences Temple Bar by De Blacam Meagher
Ardoyne Mews Ballsbridge by Design Strategies

Comments?
Any more ?:)
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Postby Andrew Duffy » Wed Jul 07, 2004 2:37 pm

Fingal County Hall (Bucholz McEvoy) might be a good one.
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Postby aland » Wed Jul 07, 2004 2:39 pm

I've only ever seen that in the mags Andrew...it looks very good indeed right enough but I did'nt know how far out it would be, in truth
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Postby RichardC » Wed Jul 07, 2004 5:24 pm

It's fairly close to the Airport , perhaps 2 miles north on the main street in Swords.

A quick courtesy call on the way in to town from the airport would add maybe 30 minutes to the journey, more if you hopped out for a closer look.
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Postby Craig Davis » Wed Jul 07, 2004 7:15 pm

- Liffey House, Tara Street by Donnelly Turpin
- North King Street apartments by Grafton Archs
- A walk around the IFSC
- Baldoyle Library by FKL
- Ranelagh School by O’Donnell + Tuomey
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Postby trace » Wed Jul 07, 2004 7:56 pm

5 that are underappreciated / off the map:
Grand Canal Basin - ESAT by de Blacam & Meagher, glass 'tower' by Shay Cleary, and Millennium Tower and new apartments (nearing completion), both by O'Mahony Pike
Clarion Quay in Docklands by Gerry Cahill, McGarry Ni Eanaigh & Derek Tynan
Marrowbone Lane - community centre by Henchion Reuter and Foyer by Brady Mallalieu, within 200 yards of each other
Calatrava's Liffey bridge at Usher's Island
Balgaddy A housing scheme in Clondalkin by Howley Harrington

5 classics (outwith the Canals):
Sir Edwin Lutyens's War Memorial, Islandbridge (1930s)
John Johansen's American Embassy, Ballsbridge (1960s)
Sam Stephenson's Institute for Advanced Studies, Burlington Road (1970s)
Arthur Gibney's Irish Management Institute, Sandyford (1970s)
Ronnie Tallon's RTE's campus, Donnybrook (the same architect since 1960)

2 'secret treasures' to complete a worthy dozen:
de Blacam & Meagher's 'handed' recreation of Loos's American Bar (Vienna) on the first floor of Trinity's Dining Hall (you must be invited by a Fellow of the College) (1987)
O'Donnell + Tuomey's press room / reception centre, tucked away in the north-west corner of Dail Eireann, Kildare Street (you normally must be invited by a TD (Irish MP) to get in) (2002)
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Postby shaun » Wed Jul 07, 2004 8:40 pm

Don't miss

- Dun Laoghaire town hall
- Rathmines town hall
- Mc Kee Barracks, Phoenix park
- Iveagh baths and buildings
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Postby PVC King » Wed Jul 07, 2004 10:12 pm

I hate being so late the good ones are nearly all taken.

Bord Na Mona HQ 76 Lwr Baggot St

Flemings Court in Flemings Place

3 mews houses on Waterloo Lane
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Postby Devin » Wed Jul 07, 2004 11:00 pm

The Heritage Hotel in Portlaoise (joke)
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Postby aland » Thu Jul 08, 2004 8:11 am

Can't argue with the five classics Trace, particularly Sam Stephenson's Institute for Advanced Studies. The last time Penny visited Dublin though I think it was ten years ago, so it's the recent stuff she is interested in.

What about Leinster House, the new work by O'Donnell Toumey?

Small but according to the AAI Awards Assessors " very beautiful" is it accessible?
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Postby trace » Thu Jul 08, 2004 8:46 am

Sorry for causing confusion, aland, by using the project's Irish form: ODT's work at Leinster House is actually the final project I listed (Dail Eireann, pronounced something like 'Doll Air-run'). It's well worth trying to blag your way in past security or nobble a passing TD who's got a few minutes to spare. Pretty miniscule compared to EMBT's Hollyrood, though!
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Postby aland » Thu Jul 08, 2004 8:52 am

miniscule yeah, but a lot more restrained than Holyrood, Trace.

No one's mentioned Benson and Forsyth's gallery addition, is that a must see then, too obvious to mention?
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Postby trace » Thu Jul 08, 2004 10:11 am

No need to seek it out, as it's the venue for the end-of-conference party on Saturday evening! It's got great scale but fiddly (shoddy) details...
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Postby shadow » Thu Jul 08, 2004 1:34 pm

"fiddly (shoddy) details..." better not look too close at the other buildings listed above.
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Postby aland » Thu Jul 08, 2004 1:40 pm

...................touched a raw nerve, shadow?
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Postby d_d_dallas » Thu Jul 08, 2004 3:18 pm

Devin - hahaha!
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Postby shadow » Thu Jul 08, 2004 5:25 pm

aland, not really, but there is a limit to believing the PR
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Postby GrahamH » Thu Jul 08, 2004 8:44 pm

Be careful in the toliets - still wary of them plasterboard walls...
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Postby aland » Fri Jul 09, 2004 8:41 am

woaaaaaa Graham, that's more than we really need to know.
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Postby AndrewP » Fri Jul 09, 2004 12:53 pm

How about The Helix? Or is that too far across the Liffey? I have to disagree with Swords being too far to go to see Fingal County Hall - five fecking minutes from the airport?!
Also, I think Ballymun is worth a look, if only for the scale of what's being done.
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Postby GrahamH » Fri Jul 09, 2004 7:24 pm

Don't forget the Jervis Centre loos - the swankiest in town.
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Postby Paul Clerkin » Fri Jul 09, 2004 8:31 pm

The Helix is terrible architecturally and not worth crossing the road to see - the main entrance foyer is like something from a tacky cruise liner...
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Postby Frank » Mon Jul 12, 2004 1:48 pm

National library James Joyce Exhibition is worth looking at.
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