Re: Re: What future for Stephenson’s Central Bank?
I say it has to go. In its own right, as architecture, it is not without merit. But it is not of a quality that justifies its impact on the roofline – it elbows stubbornly into so many vistas where it does not belong. Take a look from South Leinster Street sometime, from College Street, or looking south from Liffey Street. The elegance that can be appreciated from Dame Street is lacking from nearly all of the many other perspectives it inhabits. From any distance, it simply appears plonked incongruously in classic 70s style smack in the middle of the historic core.
I’m looking westward from South Leinster Street on Google Streetview link towards where the Central Bank is and I can’t see it. Moreover, from College Street, the Central Bank is invisible. Indeed the most visually-intrusive elements of College Street are those blasted trees which block the view of the Old Parliament Building and the ugly College Green Busgate sign erected by DCC.
I disagree with the idea that Central Bank is incongruous. It’s one of the signature buildings along the way, like City Hall, the Old Parliament Building and Trinity College. It’s the same with the new Criminal Courts Building at Parkgate Street, it’s big but it works. We’re a big city, we should have big buildings.