notjim wrote:I guess it is almost predictable, a Mc Cullough Mulvin building with those modish tall and thin irregularly spaced windows. .
It looks like a dead ringer for Grafton's Merrion Row building, especially the Hugenot Cemetry elevation! It's hard to tell from the model (still no documents scaned up on the DCC web site), but I imagine the finish is stone here also.
The building looks like it's been designed to fill out the gap between the the west end of the Library and the east elevation of the Exam Hall, above the reading room, when viewed from the main square, which is a brave move that may not please tradionalists and film-set location finders.
Having a narrow, stand alone, frontage to Fellows' Square will give it an 'object in the space' quality rather than a 'termination of the space' quality, which may have been the only option, given the presence of the Reading Room at this end of the square.
As an object, it does look pretty crisp and clean. I wouldn't fault it for being a cousin of the Grafton building, (and their own Lincoln Place in-fill), that's how tradition works, so long as it's an advance and a refinement of these precedents and not just a piece of formula.
McCullough Mulvin have written the book on urban Dublin and the loss of tradition, so they should be a safe pair of hands for this kind of thing.
p.s. notjim: You could do worse than keep them in mind for the professorship when, as one of your first acts as provost, you create a faculty of architecture in Trinity, now that every regional Tech. seems to have one,
that is, after gunter naturally.