Surely the discourse should take this into account rather than focusing entirely upon aesthetics...
If you don't like the building just say so. The modern utility of a building is not that significant when it comes to discussing whether an iconic building should be preserved. If it were you could use it as a justification to knock pretty much every single building over 40 years old in the city. I mean why keep all those Georgian buildings when they are obviously not that usable as modern offices or as modern dwellings?
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The Sunday Tribune
The country's largest trade union, Siptu, has become the latest victim of the property slump and has decided to postpone plans to demolish and redevelop its landmark Liberty Hall headquarters in Dublin. After considering whether to sell what was Ireland's first 'skyscraper', the union finally decided to redevelop the historic 16-storey building and replace it with an 11,000 square-metre development which will be the national headquarters of Siptu. It will also include commercial office space, which the union hopes to lease to defray the cost of the development. The development also includes a roof-level viewing platform and cafe, a large underground heritage centre relating to the rise of organised labour and national independence, and a 250-seat auditorium and public amenity space . Demolition of the adjoining theatre was supposed to start last July but the property slump meant the prospect of the union leasing offices in the new development disappeared. The global credit crunch also ensured that Siptu had little chance of getting a loan for such a costly development. In addition, the union's centenary is next year and senior Siptu officials felt that it would be better to be at home for the event rather than scattered throughout the capital while its birthplace was being demolished.
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I mean liberty hall, dontcha just love it.
Now once that white-elephant metro north gets the chop, we can retire the board, job well done
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and buck the trend... Still the plans have not been posted anywhere...
maybe a wait and see. If metro or dart underground get the chop it
will be the nail in the coffin for Ireland...
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Not too keen on demolishing it actually - lots of emotive stuff in my head about it being the thrusting icon of the working classes at a time when we had nothing - also it seems about right in terms of height.
I know its terribly inefficient etc, but I would like to see it refurbished. Should be a protected structure in my view.
Anyway, what is it with Siptu and capitalism - reminds me of the ols ditty "the working class can kiss me arse, I've got the foreman's job at last"?
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If the building stays, they should at least think about re-glazing. Appearances are important - DC's tallest building should at least look clean and well maintained. (Busaras is filthy too, but I digress..)
Those rickety, uneven windows have always been Liberty's downfall, IMO. The architectural equivalent to crooked teeth. And now half of them are broken too!
Contrast Liberty Hall with the Irish Life buildings. You might not like them, but at least the windows are straight. Some fresh glass would make a huge difference to LH, if she's sticking around for the next while.
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donalbarry7 wrote:forgive my slowness, but from my reading of that article that status of liberty hall is rather ambiguous! Is the demolition simply postponed, is there now plans to refurb the present building or will it be left as the filthy eyesore that it is?
From the mouth of SIPTU V.P Brendan Hayes...
They plan to stay on site and there will be a finalised design signed off on probably in the first quarter of 2009. The whole existing structure is to be knocked and the new tower will be marginally taller and will extend somewhat over the current theatre - although he said overshadowing other buildings is a constraint. The site of the theatre is to be reworked as an auditorium cum civic space.
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Like what Labours Mary Freehill said about the Georges Quay Master Plan "To allow a 22-storey building opposite the finest Gandon building in Dublin is absolute madness"
Would the same sort of objection not apply to a new 'slightly taller' Liberty Hall?
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MurrayMints wrote:if they knock this building and apply for a new, taller one, that every tom dick and harry who hated the original one will have their objections at the ready.
The building isnÂ´t going anywhere until they have secured planning permission for the new one. People will have plenty of time to sumbit their objections before anything goes ahead.
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