Yes developments in Kilmainham appear to be particularly prone to morketing defacement. Clearly home to an imaginative community.
I like this fun but sophisticated scheme at the entrance to the Royal Hospital. Who's it by?
The poor gate lodge by contrast remains forlorn, in spite of a plan for its restoration having been drafted about ten years ago now.
First impressions of the Royal Hospital itself are similarly discouraging. Inside the front gate.
And in spite of the grim and pragmatic Johnstonian spirit of the new pebble-dashed walls flanking the approach road, I still cannot come around to the view that something more mellowed was not in order here. Ideally, well-crafted soft red brick walls in acknowlegement of the original appearance of the Hospital would be employed, but admit they may have upstaged the compromised appearance of their superior. Either way, a more subtle hand was unquestionably required. And the same extends to the furnishings.
The ranges look magnificent in the sun, but alas countless windows and fascias are peeling and badly in need of repainting. Considering the Custom House has only just been treated after years of neglect, one suspects the RHK might be waiting a little while longer in this climate (weatherwise and financial).
A fabulous place to visit on a crisp winter's day.
The contrast with the emerging new development is striking.
I appear to have missed out on a whole chunk of this thread, offering a strange insight on the experience of Rip Van Winkle, but broadly agreed that the hard edge of the buildings (those built thus far at least), do lend a dignity to the setting of the formal garden, insofar as acres of steel and glass sheeting can. I'd be less assured about the latest proposed stack of Rover biscuit tins - what colour is the aluminium proposed to be? - to tie the entire development into a coherent, planned whole. At least that scheme is more original than the cringe-inducing emerging mini Abu Dubai. We live in hope.
The locals are having none of it however.
That expression can at best be described as a grimmace.