Re: Re: Smithfield Market – what’s the verdict?
hang on a second ! of course the place has very little atmosphere , it’s only just finished and almost no shops have move in yet !
Consider that it took 6 months between starbucks reported as “opening soon” in the times and them actually doing so at the harcourt tram station. Things can take time. I think it is far too early to dismiss the area as a failure.
On an aesthetic level , the square is large enough to accomodate all the different sides to the square. I feel that the old distellery is very poor and ,aside from the facade, has worn badly. The new buildings have the right bulk in my opinion, and fit in well the viking ship pylons.
If temple bar was too successfull and the ifsc not sufficiently , this looks to get it just right to my mind.