what? wrote:Of course the 'reasoning' behind the building is dire and as a piece of architecture it has no integrity, but as something to look at it is becoming quite striking.
I love that sentence what?,
if you loaded it with any more contempt, it would tip over!
rumpelstiltskin wrote:I think this sentence sums up a lot of what's wrong with architects nowadays. After three years being lectured by failed architects, people come out sounding like textbooks instead of human beings.
You're way off the mark there rumple
, . . . . no it's five
years, not three years.
On the issue of the building itself, it's definitely high on impact and free from any of the increasingly staid architectural language of the civic theatre. The great hooded entrance could perhaps be said to be 'sheltering' and almost 'functional'.
I don't even mind the crumpled glass screens, or the office park cladding of the Macken Street frontage, . . . . it's just those criss-cross white steel bands behind the glass, they just look like they belong to a different building! That and the way the heavy, sharply projecting, wings just seem to slam into the facade! Why does this look so unresolved?
rumpelstiltskin wrote:I simply mean that if a building is great and striking, the notion that we should consider it inappropriate because it's "not justified" and "irrational" is insane.
I think this is to do with expectations. We don't want to be impressed by just very expensive gimmicks, we want the quirks to mean something, or to have an underlying logic. That was the apparent genius of the Jewish Museum, (as pointed out by none other than the Sean O'Laoire, if I recall). There's not much wrong in wanting architecture to be 'rational', or failing that, 'justified'. Any eejit can do 'irrational' and 'unjustified', if the budget is big enough.
Leaving aside the issues of detailing, don't you get the feeling that this is a slightly surreal moment in the architectural development of Dublin?
We've an actual new urban square now at Grand Canal dock, where there used to be cement works and scrap yards, (we'll come back to that
hotel later), and now a shiny new theatre by architecture's wunderkind. Over on North Wall they're topping off Kevin Roche's NCC and out on the Liffey, there's a Calatrava bridge sitting on a barge!
The last time there was probably a moment like this in Dublin, they were building Merrion Square, the Wide Streets Commissioners were aggrandizing Dame Street and Gandon was fending off angry mobs at the Custom House.