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The location of this building jutting out into the street is a disgrace – it has ruined the vista of Mercer’s Hospital up King Street from the Stephen’s Green end. How no-one in the City Council stopped this happening in such a prime city centre location baffles me.
They ‘went legit’ in October by lodging a planning application for appropriate signage, which was granted permission in March – <a href="http://220.127.116.11/swiftlg/apas/run/WPHAPPDETAIL.DisplayUrl?theApnID=5562/07&backURL=Search%20Criteria%20>%20Ref. 5562/07
I got a surprise while wandering up William St on my way home this evening 🙂
Took well over two years and there’s a bit of painting to do yet, but at least there’s finally a resolution to this long running eyesore.
well eurocycles is still there ruining a whole street… and i get a feeling they keep replacing it with a slightly bigger version every week or so just to keep the shock value(as if it needed help to do that)!
It’s STILL there… I’m kinda used to it at this stage, but it goes to show that DCC aren’t too bothered about enforcement imho.
@Paul Clerkin wrote:
Other buildings on O’Connell Street seem to be gone – where is the Dublin Bus buildiing? Pulled down?
This development is simply ridiculous – a poorly thought out populist attempt to get past the city and bord pleanala. This proposal should be given the respect it deserves and kicked to the curb immediately.
I’d have to agree with Paul on this one.
If it goes up and looks anything like that photo montage, well then bye bye Upper O’Connell Street. The whole thing just looks wrong and that description? A bit ridiculous to say the least. Also, combine this with the Arnotts plan and I wonder if there there is going to be enough business to keep the whole area running?
@paul h wrote:
very true thomond park especially with the huge negative attitude towards high rise
this one should have been of a very high standard like the U2 building
as it could have been a showcase to what high rise living could be in ireland
what we have is an apartment building which can be found in almost every city in the world, no imagination.
this was just granted pp in london, its mixed use hotel, office, apartments etc so maybe unfair to compare
Is this London’s answer to the Transamerica Pyramid?
The Central Bank his greatest built design? Agreed.
It would be great to pay tribute on this board by posting photos of his other buildings (good and not so good). I don’t have any myself, but there are a few people here who will undoubtedly have loads!
Just to give an update, application now likely to be lodged before beginning of September and street will emerge between GPO Arcade and the River Island part of Arnotts. Contact wouldn’t be drawn on exactly where but “not as far up as River Island”.
Anyone hear / see anything on this of late?
I think they work pretty well. Some more than others. It would be nice to retain one (or more) of the best ones as a permenent feature. People can get quite attached to fun art like that and I think if it makes people smile, it doesn’t need to have any other or more profound relationship to its environment. When I’ve walked down O’Connell St recently, I saw that Dubliners and tourists alike seem to like them and they’re certainly generating a lot of interest. I’m not too sure about the quality of their construction though – doesn’t seem all that robust.
Anyone have any updates on kebab shop and eurocycles fronts? I only came across this thread today and am going to complain to DCC too. Brazenly erecting this things without P.P. needs to be stamped out by the council… and quickly! 🙁
@Thomond Park wrote:
The Ilac centre with the exception of the Henry Street frontage I’d total the whole lot of it and incorporate it into the Carlton Site creating one of the biggest city centre based retail sites in Europe.
Who wants “one of the biggest city centre based retail sites in Europe” hoovering up all the trade in the north city centre? A Las Vegas style one-stop shopping / entertainment wonderland, all under one roof?? No thanks 😉
IMHO, I’d prefer individual streets and the retention of the character of the Henry St/ Moore St area (albeit after cleaning it up a bit!). Big retail centres (anything bigger than Jervis or Stephen’s Green Centre) should be kept out of the City Centre. :rolleyes:
Anyway, back to the topic….!
@Paul Clerkin wrote:
Got a few of them – f is bothering me, thats a port crane in the background…
Gotta be Pearse Street Garda Station 🙂
the capital’s mistakes? yeah I agree the M50’s junctions were badly designed but so were all motorways / dual carriageways up until recently (think traffic-lighted hyper roundabouts!).
where would Dublin be without the M50? It’s absolutely vital. just as I’m sure the orbital road in Cork will prove to be.
Is McDowell being shafted?
I hope that whatever replaces it is not goind to stick out like so many other eyesores in Dublin.
The better solution would have been to upgrade and retain the existing facade which blends nicely with the unremarkable buildings around it.
I don’t think the quays as a whole are a particularly strong point in Dublin’s architecture anyway.
If the Ormond’s replacement is some ultra-mod glass and steel structure, then it’s going to look totally out of place along there.
The City Council’s decisions on city development are terribly hit and miss 😡
First noticed this on the Joyce Bridge but also at the Kilmainham / N4 junction near the Jail.
Since then I have noticed the new lights popping up in countless areas. The poles aren’t that much better in my view but the light clusters themselves are very nice – slightly smaller with more visible lamps.
Walked down in front of the GPO Tuesday night at about 10PM. WOW! Even in the rain it looked good.
The quality of the paving, the lighting, the trees – everything is to a high standard.
One thing, the traffic lanes are badly marked and I’d worry that pedestrians could easily stray into them (especially at night, in the rain).
As regards locking bikes to trees. The council shoud remove and impound them immediately. There should be a solution though, in fairness to cyclists. Some appropriate provision should be made to have discreet bike stands on the street or off it (say Princes street near Arnotts Car Park entrance).
I agree with earlier post re putting signs half way down poles. The tram crossing signs at the middle Abbbey St junction have this ailment. The signs are at the correct height but the poles are just too long!
Does anyone have any idea on when they are going to get working on the rest of the street? Let’s hope that they don’t wait too long. The plaza is lovely but the rest of the street is still very run down.
I heard that the OPW looks after the green and surrounding paving but the City Council is charged with the other sides (ie Shelbourne, Loreto, Iveagh House, RSCI sides’ paving / lighting & street furniture. Is this true?
The walks around the Green’s perimeter should be renamed with their original official names I think.
I see after reading a few pages back that my question was already answered.
Anyway, was talking to an engineer on the site last week sometime and he said that its actually 124m and not the much publicised 120m. Is that true? I guess he would know.
4m is 4 m!! Thats a whole extra storey!
Why has the little red beacon gone dark? Its obviously still up there but hasnt been lit since early yesterday. Poor little beacon. He didnt last very long!
Are the Corpo gonna give the spike a clean before its officially unveiled? The steel is far from stainless at the moment…
I had a good gawk at it close up today, on my lunch break. It was possible to see it swaying in the heavier breezes. No surpirse there.
But again, I have to say that the finish of the steel, in daylight at least, is a big disappointment. There are noticeable score marks on section two. i dont mind the ribbing as its not visible from a distance, they are horizontal and evenly spaced. But some of these other marks and dull patches are visible from 100 metres away or more. Some are vertical and crooked too. It looks ‘weathered’ and could pass for an object that has been there for years.
Of course, these marks (Im hoping) might just be from the packaging material and may be wiped off at the end.
I think its going to look quite magical with blue skies or at dusk/dawn when its still lighting. The design around the base (marble and flowing mercury) sounds exciting too.