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With regards to the spike having a British designer and contractor: Yes Ian Richie is British, but one of the contractors is most defently Irish. SIAC construction is a privatly family owned Irish construction group with it’s HQ in Dublin. And don’t be so pesimistic about Ireland’s architectural achivements, there are some very exciting projects currently happening here. We are gaining quite a reputation abroad with what is beign known as “New Irish Rationalisim”. We are far to hard on ourselfs in this country.
‘The ugly/cheap/laughable disease of apartment blocks will continue to blot our country’ as long as we dont do something about it. Maybe we can learn from the Dutch who have gone a long way with residential developments, social housing and with good, exciting architecture.
New Inland Revenue, SAGA HQ building and Portcullis House all by Michael Hopkins and Partners. Great architecture.
I agree with Frank in that public transportation will be a big growth area. Let us hope we can carry on some great architectural traditions of these spaces and make them landmark buildings. Historically this has been the case and more recently with the Jubilee Line extension in London. Without taking anything away from Iaranrod Eireann let us hope that architecture is explored for these spaces and competition is invited.
Thanks for the web address Paul. Stunning. Hats off to Iaranrod Eireann.