Re: Re: Modern ‘Irish’ styles?
Im curious into what people will recognise as the architecture of this current era?
The average Mick and Bridget have their taste well-embedded in their nether regions. With their new money comes a desire to be fashionable, so what they build approximates to what resides where they have their taste – excremental piles. I always thought that the Killarney palaces were unsurpassable in tasteless bling; when in the NW last week I saw their twins. Mayo is as bad as Donegal. How could anyone put red brick capping on a random stone wall? Or put iron railings atop a 100metre fake drystone wall, while at the same time using machined Kilkenny limestone for gate piers? (electronic, of course).
So, modern Irish â€œstylesâ€ for me are :
1960â€™s white emulsion on breeze block interiors. Orange geometric carpets, curtains and furniture.
1970â€™s conversation pits, flat roofs, flokati rugs, red bricks and slitty lavatory windows. And a Castiglione rip-off for sophistication.
1980â€™s cornflake-box bungalows with crap windows, internal plastic â€œglazing bars.â€ Shiny roof slates.
1990â€™s more plastic doors and windows; mad roof angles that serve little purpose. Veelux; Cobble-lock driveways and gravel gawrdens.
2000â€™s humpy roofs married to inclined planes (a la cow shed kissing a hay barn); ceiling to floor windows and timber cladding. Decking. Bits of copper or brushed steel.
As for the current fashion on the Ring of Kerry of erecting a dolmen in the front garden of every new one-off â€¦
Ireland, Mother Ireland, youâ€™re rearing them yet, its enough to make you puke your porridge.