An interesting proposal here to develop a (very) long disused site on Cornmarket Street, across from the new Cornmarket Centre and adjacent to the market buildings now housing 'The Loft' furniture store and the 'new' Bodega.
The site fronts on to the Coal Quay and also fronts a large portion of Portney's Lane - leading onto North Main Street. Lots of protected buildings, underlying archaeology, etc.
The development itself is for a blatantly 'modern' three storey building consisting of retail at ground and first floor with office on top. In such a setting, I'm not convinced this is the right approach. It seems to over-impose itself on the loft when viewed from the south. The site certainly could benefit from development, as could its a mirror-image site across Portney's Lane (visible in the photomontage). The architect is Paud O'Mahony.
marks for effort but i dont think it even remotely fits in with its surroundings, would be better in a business park or somewhere i think
It gets no 'marks' from me I'm sorry to say. putting aside for the moment the plain fact that it's clashing with the existing and beautiful architecture up and down the street, this type of thing I've seen over and over and it's just so unimaginative. it's easy to see the loft building is far prettier, but there seems to be an attitude that this is 'modern' so it's okay to be cheap, faceless and bland. well it's not. modern architecture can and should be at least as attractive as it's older neighbours. anyone can draw a box and some silly windows all over it, give it imposing height and demeanour and call it 'development' but again it's not, and it's not art, any more than the canvases you can buy in Ikea are.
Cork, and Ireland generally for that matter, has such a rich and unique character, and the built environment is a contributing element to that. the rhythm and roof-line of the city streets are valuable. by all means, I condone and even encourage original, thought-out and sympathetic interventions in the existing fabric, but this attempt at a contribution is woeful; at odds with everything around it; at once mute and aggressive.
from where i'm sitting it seems the building is tall because the Guy's development is, and the developer demands unreasonable floor area, not because the design warrants it. the windows belie an overly expensive structural solution assembled in a tragic attempt to be current and give no benefit over windows positioned in a linear fashion, money that would be better spent on finer materials to salute the historic architecture of the immediate area.
the fact that it completely ignores it's beautiful surroundings tells a tale of an architect not setting out to better the built fabric of the town but concerned only with floorspace and profit. cork is seeing way too much of this kind of foggy, apologetic (or worse, overbearing) and featureless 'architecture' and its just not good enough.