ILAC Library for Ambassador Theatre?

Re: ILAC Library for Ambassador Theatre?

Postby ake » Sun Dec 16, 2007 8:16 pm

GrahamH wrote:
Surely this isn't going to be the Hugh Lane all over again?! Please in the name of all that's sane do not let this be another "oh but it's only glass, it doesn't actually exist" infill extension.


Sounds like that's exactly what will happen.

I think it's a wonderful idea to use it as a public building, but I don't see how it could be large enough for a new central library unless there is a large extension. Maybe if it's around the back it won't be too bad?

The ILAC library is truely abominable.
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Re: ILAC Library for Ambassador Theatre?

Postby lostexpectation » Sat Dec 29, 2007 3:20 am

GrahamH wrote:Indeed, the increase in floorspace isn't exactly enormous, nor is the capacity to expand in the future. But, if it's thought to be suitable, well they're the experts...

What is of concern though is.



Surely this isn't going to be the Hugh Lane all over again?! Please in the name of all that's sane do not let this be another "oh but it's only glass, it doesn't actually exist" infill extension.


awful news, hey how about using it as a theatre, its not big enough for the central library
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Re: ILAC Library for Ambassador Theatre?

Postby fergalr » Sat Dec 29, 2007 12:52 pm

What about directly behind the Gate Theatre's location, if there's space. Or they could do a Pei and sink loads of it below ground witha big skylight...Louvre Pyramid style.
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Re: ILAC Library for Ambassador Theatre?

Postby lostexpectation » Sat Jan 05, 2008 1:51 am

I can't believe all the buildings around hugh lane will be full
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Re: ILAC Library for Ambassador Theatre?

Postby notjim » Sat Jan 05, 2008 12:03 pm

Well, the problem is that the Hugh Lane, the Writers Museum and the Gate are all there, expanding the Library into all the available space will land lock these institutions. Space was always the flaw with this plan.
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Re: ILAC Library for Ambassador Theatre?

Postby igy » Sat Jan 05, 2008 1:18 pm

Is the building on the corner of parnell square north still empty?
It is/was Scoil Mhuire as far as i remember, but didn't they move a few years ago? It's a big georgian on the corner with granby row.
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Re: ILAC Library for Ambassador Theatre?

Postby notjim » Sat Jan 05, 2008 2:51 pm

Yes: Scoil Muire is empty and owned by the government as part of the child abuse restitution. The proposal in the area plan is to turn most of this into a "boutique" hotel and the rest into dedicated office space for arts organizations. Putting the library here would be bad, for a start to make suitable space for library would make this a facade retention, which would be bad and building behind Scoil Muire would land lock the Hugh Lane, likewise, extending the Ambassador building will land lock the Gate.

I guess one issue whether the Rotunda is staying on site long term: the area plan was written under the assumption that it was, I don't know if it is close enough to the Mater to be considered co-located there.

Wouldn't the Irish Aid office of been a good site for the library?
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Re: ILAC Library for Ambassador Theatre?

Postby notjim » Tue Aug 12, 2008 3:07 pm

Interesting planning application up for an open air cafe at the ambassador, to the left of the entrance as you face it, including railings where the bollards are now!
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Re: ILAC Library for Ambassador Theatre?

Postby hutton » Tue Aug 12, 2008 3:32 pm

notjim wrote:Interesting planning application up for an open air cafe at the ambassador, to the left of the entrance as you face it, including railings where the bollards are now!


gunter won't like that :(

Are you not content with already having done that to Trinners? :p
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Re: ILAC Library for Ambassador Theatre?

Postby gunter » Tue Aug 12, 2008 8:23 pm

hutton wrote:gunter won't like that :(

Are you not content with already having done that to Trinners? :p


I wouldn't mind if they use the railings they take out of College Green!
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Re: ILAC Library for Ambassador Theatre?

Postby MG » Tue May 24, 2011 2:16 am

So the Ambassador still sits rotting. Any new plans for it?
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Re: ILAC Library for Ambassador Theatre?

Postby PVC King » Tue May 24, 2011 7:57 pm

Don't ask; just pray that it is kept wind and watertight and does not get waxed....
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