The reality is that no building should have been built at all let alone set back from the original line. To block the beautiful AIB building is a total disgrace. The site should just have been made a simple mini-square. If something had to use the space then maybe allow a temporary retail setup
The site where the "robocop" building is was a park for much of the 90s.
I grew up with a school friend who lived in the Sick and Indigent poor house, the last remaining house of that terrace, but on the street to the Dublin Castle gate. It still stands today.
The small park was dab, grey and usually empty.
Although in the awful Jackie Chan movie The Medalion it is seen with a String Quartet playing.
The park was there well into the 2000s, till about 2005.
It had a couple of statues and plaque's in it as well, but i cant remember what for.
It was a good little plaza but it was never used, and was pretty ugly. However it was a good space during the St Patrick's Day Parade.
It's now long gone, and replaced by the green monster and a white open space that also not appealing like the park before it.