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Irish Architecture News

11 November 2007

By George, Dublin could soon be a Unesco world heritage site

Georgian Dublin could be added to Unesco’s exclusive list of world heritage sites next year, but only if it can be shown that the architectural heart of the capital is of “outstanding universal...

09 November 2007

MacGabhann Architects’ cultural centre in County Donegal turns up the volume

Letterkenny is no great shakes as a town. An important commercial centre, yes, but considerably less engaging than Derry to the east, just across the border into Northern Ireland, and with markedly less...

08 November 2007

New height hitch for U2 Tower

A major discrepancy between the winning scheme for the U2 Tower at Britain Quay in Dublin’s Docklands and the much taller structure intended to be built is revealed by a drawing obtained by...

08 November 2007

Why the design of play spaces is a serious business

To look at estate agents’ advertisements for new apartment schemes in Dublin’s docklands, you would think we had no children at all. “Images are all aimed at young professional people. There were no...

08 November 2007

Down on the farm – new homes from old buildings

We have a romantic image of farm buildings and rural life but when it comes to it many Irish people have turned their back on heritage buildings in favour of what they see...

07 November 2007

Commercial schemes do well at Opus design awards

A good few commercial developments have won prizes in this year’s Bank of Ireland Opus Architecture and Construction Awards including the Killanin Stand for the Galway races by EPR Architects; George’s Court in...

06 November 2007

Planning board rules against cable cars over Liffey

A developer’s vision of cable cars gliding over the river Liffey between the Guinness brewery and Docklands has suffered a setback from An Bord Plean├íla’s ruling that the project – dubbed “Suas” –...

05 November 2007

Council urged to rethink historic house plan

Westmeath County Council is being urged to reconsider plans for a commercial garden centre in the grounds of Belvedere House, near Mullingar, because the proposed development would compromise the setting of Ireland’s largest...

02 November 2007

Foster in firing line over U2 Tower

The never-ending controversy surrounding the proposed U2 tower in Dublin has taken yet another twist The never-ending controversy surrounding the proposed U2 tower in Dublin has taken yet another twist after conservationists warned...