wearnicehats wrote: This site stopped being about critique a long time ago.
So what's your critique of this?
To me, what makes this a particularly bad proposal is the total disregard for context.
We shouldn't see this proposal in the context of the NCC hotel, or the Watchtower or the U2 building. These are genuine attemps at 'Landmark' buildings, located at points in the Docklands cityscape where puntuation would add depth and legibility to the urban form.
This Treasury proposal is not about 'punctuating the skyline', it's the first act in the Spencer Dock / Liffey Island bulk-up
. We need to see this building in the context of maybe twenty five similar blocks, all hovering just under the proposed new 20 storey height restriction, all jostling for attention and spilling out over the campshire like a random piece of Detroit that got mixed up with the jig-saw puzzle of Dublin.
Schemes like this and the whole DDDA revised Development Plan which spawned it, seem to misunderstand or disregard the essential character of Dublin, and the central role that the grand set-piece of the Liffey quays plays in maintaining that character. The biggest mistake that being made here is in under-valuing this asset. The coherence of the Liffey quays depends on maintaining a hierarchy of civic buildings, bridges, punctuation points and ordinary streetscapes.
With the National Conference Centre taking shape, (whatever may end up being the judgement on it's tilted drum), we can see that this hierarchy is still capable of working for us in the 21st century. If we add into the mix a greater flexibility to add dramatic punctuation in the right place, then this great 300+ year old Quay model, that set Dublin on the road to being a significant European city, can be reinforced and the character of the city reinvigorated, not further damaged.
notjim wrote:Well I think the Watchtower is a classic ordinary decent residential tower, no big deal but, assuming the materials and finish are good, I will be happy to see it built.
I'm happy to agree with that.