St Ann's Cathedral, Belfast

St Ann's Cathedral, Belfast

Postby Fearg » Thu Apr 05, 2007 10:23 pm

Some shots of the new "spire of hope" under construction:

(part of) Spire on the ground
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Inside - spire will be visible from under the crossing:
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Scaffolding:
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North Transept - exterior
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Apse, exterior:
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Looking West
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North Transept - Interior.
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Re: St Ann's Cathedral, Belfast

Postby aj » Tue Apr 10, 2007 6:32 pm

cant help thinking the spire was chosen as its by far the cheapest one proposed an no other reason
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Re: St Ann's Cathedral, Belfast

Postby archipimp » Wed Apr 11, 2007 7:31 pm

any images of the finished product?
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Re: St Ann's Cathedral, Belfast

Postby Fearg » Wed Apr 11, 2007 7:48 pm

archipimp wrote:any images of the finished product?


I've not been back to see it since last week, but I don't think it will be finished until May.. The Cathedral website has a blog and some images of what it will look like. It looks more like "the spike" in O'Connell Street than anything else..

At 100 Metres, I think it will technically be the tallest church spire in Ireland.

http://www.belfastcathedral.org/news/
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Re: St Ann's Cathedral, Belfast

Postby Paul Clerkin » Wed Apr 11, 2007 8:29 pm

less a spire. more a needle
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Re: St Ann's Cathedral, Belfast

Postby aj » Thu Apr 12, 2007 12:09 pm

Paul Clerkin wrote:less a spire. more a needle


given the bulk of the base of the tower is it only me or does that spire look stupid... more like an aerial than a spire...
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Re: St Ann's Cathedral, Belfast

Postby AndrewP » Thu Apr 12, 2007 5:20 pm

It looks like someone photoshopped the O'Connell Street Spire onto that picture!
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Re: St Ann's Cathedral, Belfast

Postby Archiseek Editors » Thu Apr 12, 2007 5:37 pm

It actually looks a little silly - a better idea would have been to use a spot light shining into the sky at night.
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Re: St Ann's Cathedral, Belfast

Postby Fearg » Thu Apr 12, 2007 6:54 pm

Archiseek Editors wrote:It actually looks a little silly - a better idea would have been to use a spot light shining into the sky at night.


I think the only place where it might "work" would be inside the church looking up through the new glass ceiling in the crossing..

Apparently the cathedral foundations are not the best (there is a noticeable slope in the nave going towards the crossing) so I suppose whatever design they chose, it had to be fairly light..

I think this is a drawing of the original vision for the cathedral. Not only was the tower omitted, but the transepts look quite different to what was actually built:

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Re: St Ann's Cathedral, Belfast

Postby Fearg » Fri Apr 13, 2007 8:59 pm

Couple of reports from the BBC news website.. its not just members of this forum who have doubts about its appearance!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/6549473.stm

http://newsforums.bbc.co.uk/nol/thread.jspa?threadID=6053&&edition=1&ttl=20070413210435
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Re: St Ann's Cathedral, Belfast

Postby Archiseek Editors » Fri Apr 13, 2007 9:09 pm

some detail of the timeframe of construction of the cathedral
http://ireland.archiseek.com/buildings_ireland/antrim/belfast/19thc/stanns.html
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Re: St Ann's Cathedral, Belfast

Postby Fearg » Fri Apr 27, 2007 1:48 pm

Well, the "spire" is more or less completed. They are now working on the glass roof over the crossing.
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Re: St Ann's Cathedral, Belfast

Postby Starch » Fri Jun 01, 2007 12:48 am

thoughts on Belfast's new spire!..... i think it's a tough one to make a decision on.....sometimes it looks good....other time's it looks embarrisingly out of scale for a 'spire' ..........
perhaps it's more successful in the flesh????


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Re: St Ann's Cathedral, Belfast

Postby Starch » Fri Jun 01, 2007 12:49 am

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Re: St Ann's Cathedral, Belfast

Postby Paul Clerkin » Fri Jun 01, 2007 3:56 am

I really don't like that - it just looks completely incongruous on top of the weighty stone building.
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Re: St Ann's Cathedral, Belfast

Postby AndrewP » Fri Jun 01, 2007 9:04 am

That's a huge mistake. It looks ridiculously out of place.
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