Re: Re: South King Street

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Nobody’s going to want to go back over the tortuous gestation of this South King Street scheme, it’s a done deal and it’s probably best left alone.

A lot of people seem to be genuinely excited by it, and that fine, but it might still be worth making a couple of observations.

Designing a fully glazed facade to a multi-storey retail centre is a major gamble.

Upper floor glazing to retail space (which is actually quite rare) is invariably abused, sooner or later, for all kinds of reasons.

South facing glazing, as in this case, can be blindingly bright/hot internally, leading to unintended and possibly uncontrolled screening installations.

Retail managers often try to blank areas of glazing to better use the floor space.

Internal, billboard scale, advertising is often applied to make use of the eye-catching window space and/or shield the internal space.

The view out from the, floor to ceiling, glazing on the upper floors of this development, is going to be of the side elevation and roofscape of the Stephen’s Green Centre!

I’m just a little sceptical that all will be as imagined in the prmotional renders, in a couple of years time.

Remember when ‘schuh’ on O’Connell Street was the great white hope for contemporary in-fill, this is schuh last week!

Most of the observation in the back pages of this thread dealt with this issue of the scale of the development (first and second schemes, objections to etc.) and it’s relationship with the Gaiety, (apart obviously from the numerous comments that jumped across the street to take a swipe at the Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre, GrahamH excepted) but the quality and appropriateness of the design seemed to pass without question.

Perhaps in the intervening years and with big retail developments, like the make-over of Roches Stores on Henry Street, showing that contemporary architecture and retail streetscapes are not mutual exclusion zones, some re-appraisal of this scheme might have been attempted.

Here’s another example of contemporary in-fill on a retail street, this time from Edinburgh. Prince’s Street wouldn’t be known for it’s architectural integrity, or any other kind of integrity, but I think this is a decent scheme, even if it’s showing the early signs of mezzanine level window postering.

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