Irish Architecture has traditionally been so-so - thankfully, Irish firms are waking up to demands for better styling, usage, quality etc etc. A number of Irish firms are pioneering new and innovative designs that are making international waves.
One of London's most attractive office developments in recent times has been the 12,000sq m, (9,280sq m of which are dedicated to offices), 11 storey building at 12 Arthur Street in London City's 'Square Mile'.
The building was designed by Irish firm Horan Keogan Ryan - and in my opinion is one of the most attractive yet simple designs I've seen in quite sometime, which harks back to old-style styling with a strong contemporary edge. It's the type of design I would hope to see more of in the regeneration and redevelopment of the Cork city docklands area.
With this building, HKR effectively broke a circle of architectural firms in London known as 'the big five' usually given heads up on this sort of project. (Est'd value = 75m euro).