There are different time zones hutton. Just because it't Friday evening where you, are doesn't mean it couldn't be Tuesday morning here!
gunter wrote:Just to balance the usual negitivity with a bit of positivity, the College of Art extension into the old Thomas St. Fire Station seems to be scrubbing up good.
Devin wrote:Ahhh ... that Frawley's fascia was vitrolite, wasn't it.
Will also miss the mad island entrance with terrazzo floor:
Also, while passing along Thomas/James St today I saw a what looks like a new planning permission sign up on the old delapidated house beside the Bank of Ireland at the corner of Watling St. Anyone know what it says. Can't find anything on the DCC website.
jimg wrote:I like the design but really the scale is awful; it's at least twice the height of it's neighbours. I think they are being a bit disingenious to show it in the context of one one existing building on the street.
I'm still dreaming that at some point in the future that the remaining historic stock and streetscapes of the city will become treasured among the public, planners, property owners and developers and that the whole Thomas St/James St stretch could be restored in a historically sympathetic way. As the historical high street of the city, such a restoration would provide a far more noteworthy icon for the city than some planner & developers egotistical notion of what will be an "iconic" building. There is a lot of dereliction on this street but even then there is enough left that something stunning could be done here. Without having to look to the continent, looking across the water to the royal mile in Edinburgh shows what can be achieved.
Ok it would be unfair to say that this building alone would ruin the chance of my fanciful dream ever being realised (we've already f*cked up the Christchurch end of this stretch) but it certainly would not help. So I'm agin it in this location.
notjim wrote:Normally I would think the scale excessive but isn't this part of the street all about big buildings, the old guinness buildings, looming over small, more domestic-scall ones?