Arts Lives: Michael Scott
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February 11, 2006 at 5:41 am #708425
In a rare foray into the world of Irish architecture ‘Michael Scott: Portrait of an Artist’, a documentary profiling the life and work of arguably Ireland’s most famous architect is to be broadcast on Tuesday the 14th of February on RT
February 12, 2006 at 7:17 pm #766918
Can’t wait! MS film & STW book: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/newspaper/0,,2774-2031560,00.html
February 13, 2006 at 7:48 pm #766919
Ah – the press release is always one step ahead 😮
Just on Scott and Bus
February 14, 2006 at 12:47 am #766920
Got a pic, Graham? And have they re-filled the pond with the Gerda Froemmel sculpture?
February 15, 2006 at 12:35 pm #766921GregFParticipant
It was a good programme. But on refection it didn’t show too much of his built work, bar his house, Busaras, the horrible Abbey Theatre and a modest little church. Busaras was really radical and futuristic for its time. Not only did it make the surroundings look extremely dated but even the quirky old buses too.
February 15, 2006 at 12:53 pm #766922AnonymousInactive
I agree GregF, Busaras is a truly classic building. I would love to see it restored with the type of glass that it originally had. the bronze window frames are truly remarkable. I missed the programme, but if you want to see more details about his buildings the book ‘Michael Scott, Architect: In conversation with Dorothy Walker’ is well worth a read. Some nice little stories and some nice personal details about many of his builldings.
February 15, 2006 at 4:09 pm #766923tommytParticipant
Bus Arse is an incredibly sick building that needs major work to bring its heating and ventilation up to any kind of acceptable standard. I have worked there on occasion and the Dept.SW employees absolutely hate it from a functional point of view. Thought it was interesting what his kids said about their own gaff being freezing cold. Something tells me Scott was a man not too bothered by letting practicalities get in the way of the grand vision. Having said that it should be lavished with a complete overhaul. I particularly like the blank gable facing the Custom House by the Dublin Bus stop and the use of the red Roman bricks (is that the right term for bricks of those proportions?) on Store st., Iâ€™ve never seen them used anywhere else in Dublin
February 15, 2006 at 4:48 pm #766924Paul ClerkinKeymaster
of course if you’re interested in the DEFINITIVE source on Busaras
Re the heating / ventilation problems, Patrick Scott said in an interview with me in 1995
“The building had awful problems after completion. I remember after the Department of Social Welfare moved en masse in to the building. After six months there was all these complaints from the welfare women that their hair was falling out in lumps. The windows open but were not designed to be opened except for cleaning or in case of emergency. Though Le Corbusier’s sealed buildings also had problems.”
Ciarin Scott contacted me to interview me for this, unfortunately I was unable to meet her timeframe..
February 15, 2006 at 5:35 pm #766925LottsParticipant
Did anyone record this program?
Any chance of putting up a torrent for those overseas?
February 15, 2006 at 7:24 pm #766926
Thought it was interesting what his kids said about their own gaff being freezing cold.
Had to laugh – as he was saying this, in the same shot behind him was a discreet curved radiator installed around the foot of the window 🙂
As expected really, not much of his architecure work was shown given the other aspects of his life. What a great film that he took part in during the war years: ‘I want to join the Irish Republican Arrrrmy’ ‘Oirland is still partitioned don’t you know’ 😀
The sheer quality of Busá]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v219/Dublin1/Dublin%20Archiseek/Busras.jpg[/IMG]
(anyone think Scott looks remarkably like Larry Gogan in many images?)
As for Carrolls trace, I don’t have any current pics as it is difficult to access on the main road, but this taken last year shows what the entire site now looks like – at the time this was the only part of the boundary that was reasonably clear of shrubbery.
It had reached about ten feet in some places, but mostly was around four/five feet.
The ditch that surrounds it, almost like a 20th century ha-ha, has been fully cleared of all this junk:
…and the lawns now sweep up to the road as originally intended 🙂
Not sure if the pool around Froemmel’s sculpture is filled or not though.
February 15, 2006 at 9:22 pm #766927
Thanks, Graham, but Jaysus! Who put that windmill there? And the pond looks kinda empty, methinks.
February 16, 2006 at 12:54 am #766928
tsk – keep up with the times trace 🙂
February 20, 2006 at 8:35 pm #766929AnonymousInactive
It was a good programme. But on refection it didn’t show too much of his built work, bar his house, Busaras, the horrible Abbey Theatre and a modest little church. .
It also showed (if you looked carefully enough behind Niall Scott being interviewed) the ruin of Rosdohan House, a Cape Dutch house designed by Scott in the 1940’s.
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