Re: Re: South Leinster Street

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While I’d like to reserve judgement until completion, alas I’d have to entirely agree with the above comments. Gimmicky, flimsy and without design substance. Another typology to add to the list of consumer disposables. The granite wall at ground floor level also appears to be a random tribute to de Paor’s equally undesirable wall at his elegant Irish Aid premises on O’Connell Street.

I would however argue that the height of the building is warranted relative to its surroundings. It’s suitably far away from the Alliance Française to avoid detracting from its dominance, while deference to the adjacent lower terrace is noted through the – admittedly somewhat tokenistic – bite taken of of the top corner. Alas, the wider design is something that doesn’t warrant such prominence on the streetscape.

A shame – I had high hopes for this number

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