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      As has been fleetingly mentioned in various threads, there’s a flurry of new development on Railway St in Dublin (surrounded by Gardiner, Foley and Buckingham Streets).

      Some pics here of what seems to be a mixture of office and residential accommodation, all towering right on top of where James Gandon’s townhouse was – wonder what he’d make of it all…

      Well he’d stick a niche over every second window here to start : )

      This building looks very fine I think – lots of relief and visual interest, quality materials and well proportioned. The matching autumnal leaves help of course…

      Interesting that stack bond was raised a couple of weeks ago on the board – works quite well here I think, more attractively used than other examples you see of it.

      The contrast of the sharp lines of the new development and the lovely moulded edges of the Corpo housing looks very well:

      And the building across the road – bit blah:

      No doubt good old Spar will be setting up shop on the ground floor…

      And the view down Corporation St – not very successful with heavy massing and a rather flat appearance:

      The white building in the middle doesn’t remotely fit into context, though does look much better when viewed from the opposite end:

      Finally the virtually brand new section of Railway St that’s been closed for all the works – the stack bond looks really cool here I think:

      (Gardiner St in the background there)

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      does anyone know anything about the fine portico in foley st.. it looks like it is the remans of a church or something

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      Ah, didn’t see this post earlier. You captured a nice downtown autumn vibe in these pictures.

      Can’t say I’m overly impressed with any of these developments to be honest. Again, more low-rise IFSC monotony. I guess we’ll see more and more city centre streets transformed in this manner over the next 30 years. It’s a pity.

      Visually, 3 or more floors on these focal corner buildings would make all the difference, especially in an area like this. Hope you don’t mind, Graham, but I butchered one of your snaps for an example:

      Now that looks more like a European capital street to me. Not asking for much, is it?

      Here’s a comparable street in Barcelona, the city Dublin’s twined with. Eight plus stories as standard throughout. Doesn’t it look a lot better (apart from the fancy facades that we don’t have)?

      Back to Railway Street, apart from the low densitiy, I think they’re reletively reasonable developments with a relatively reasonable standard. 🙂

    • #762750

      Some great tweaking there Morlan – most impressive how you do that, especially O’Connell Bridge House as I recall, the floors of which you managed to replicate perfectly above, without the glazing or reflections being tell-taleishly identical.

      The altered image above certainly puts an interesting spin on things, and I would largely agree that this area could accommodate this height, though would cut them back by two storeys – eight/nine is adequately tall whilst also respecting the grain of the area and the city at large. Eleven really does dominate unpleasantly over existing development

      Also interesting to see how the design considerations need to be altered to account for such a change in height – the small windows become so much more monotonous and their vertical shape perhaps doesn’t work quite as well.
      The right-hand building in particular looks so much better with that extra height – it’s very squat and bland without that elegant vertical emphasis. Saying that, the ‘handrail’ on top looks quite ridiculous in its new position – more so 🙂

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