Build as high & modern as possible I say – but elsewhere
April 4, 2002 at 10:29 am #705269
I really do agree with many that the mandatory ‘groundscraper’ skyline ideal is just silly. I believe that the docklands and any reclaimed land in Dublin bay should be built as enormously and as modern as anyone desires. If any of them are plain ugly – who cares? They’ll be way off ‘over there’ and besides, perhaps in time, they’ll become classics! We may grow to love them.
I would like those beautiful victorian structures/chimneys/granite wharehouses
With the money that’s extracted from the mega-corporations to build their ego-extensions we can plow that into renovating and preseving ‘Old Dublin’. I have no objection to the old city centre becoming what may be called a museum. Why not reclaim that jewel? Why not attract and enchant, not only tourists, but ourselves as a nation.
In fact there’s actually no reason at all why the ‘old city’ shouldn’t be perfectly beautiful AND work as a modern city. I realise that I probably sound old-fashioned and that I merely wish to exile what I see as ‘modern’ or ‘bad’ to the outer fringes but I truly believe that we could be like other admirable European cities, Paris with Montparnasse etc. Why shouldn’t Old Dublin compare with Florence instead of being a messy hodge-podge and a filthy car-choked pressure cooker?
Do visitors want to see Hawkins house or the IFSC? Do business travellers want to struggle through the chaos of the city centre?
There is so much of Old Dublin to preserve, renovate and take joy in, and so much space elsewhere around dublin for our new architechts to carve into something majestic and breathtaking. Don’t build one at the expense of the other. Obviously some modern development must take place in the centre – but why not with sensitivity? I point to the simple structure attached to the Sunlight Chambers – the Dunlaoghaire Corporation offices attached to the old Town Hall.
Surely this could be applied anywhere in Ireland couldn’t it?
Just my firmly held belief as a lover of beauty in art.
April 4, 2002 at 10:56 am #718582
Personally I think high rise buildings should be allowed at key central points around the suburbs of Dublin, God knows west Dublin could do with a few focal points, a high rise some where in the expanse of semi-d mania would at least give people a reference point.
There’s probably more of a case for high rises beyond the canals than within them.
But certainly let it reach for the heavens in the docklands, the present plans are wimpish.
April 4, 2002 at 2:30 pm #718583
seems half of Eastpoint is on fire anyway. anyone know the juice on this?
April 4, 2002 at 2:53 pm #718584
ahh – thought it might have been a call to arms following that documentary about sherrif street vs. Docklands Development last night
Fire breaks out at Dublin city scrapyard
By Kilan Doyle Last updated: 04-04-02, 13:55
Five fire crews are tackling a fire at a scrapyard on the docks in Dublin city centre today.
A fire broke out in the yard of Hammond Lane Metal Co on the Pigeon House Road at lunchtime. The fire services said the fire is not serious and no buildings are in danger.
An ireland.com reporter said the smoke is billowing from the fire that is burning close to a building behind the yard.
Mr Kilian Doyle said: “Cars in the yard are on fire, and four cranes are helping in the operation to put it out”. He said gardaÃ have sealed off the area and are warning the public of a risk of an explosion.
“The fire has caused a lot of smoke but no premises, industrial, commercial or private, are at risk. Nobody has been injured,” a spokesman for the fire services said.
April 9, 2002 at 4:10 pm #718585
Has anyone seen the new semi-scraper that towers alongside the Dublin-Cavan N3 at the Blanchardstown shopping centre. I agree about West or North Dublin having a high-rise complex. And I’ve always thought Blanchardstown, considering the shopping centre, the proposed national stadium, the M50, the rail link and proposed rail links, should be developed almost as if it was another city. This has been one of the biggest mistakes we’ve made. Tallaght with a greater population than Limerick is built and designed like a suburb instead of a city. Dublin’s city centre and fabric would be much improved if there were more than one focal point in the county, a la most other modern European capitals.
April 9, 2002 at 4:15 pm #718586
Dunne’s stores are apparently moving their HQ to that 11-storey tower in the Blanchardstown centre. However they have started work on a building on George’s Street as well, so I don’t know what is going on. The tower is pretty impressive though. The floor plates seem to be really thick giving it a fair height. Anyone know the height of it?
June 14, 2002 at 12:32 pm #718587
Dunnes Stores is to sell off its newly completed office headquarters at Blanchardstown, Dublin 15.
Selling agents Druker Fanning and Partners are expecting offers in excess of Euro31.74 million for the 10-storey block on the Navan dual carriageway. The striking glass building was designed by Andrej Wejchert who was also responsible for the nearby Blanchardstown town centre.
Dunnes’ present headquarters are in Dublin city centre. The company now plans to build a new city centre headquarters along South Great Georges Street at a cost of Euro40 million.
June 17, 2002 at 11:58 am #718588
Apparently Fingal County Council have plans to build a similarly-sized building in Blanchardstown and thus may be interested. Does anyone know if their plan is for a tower or a Citibank-type sprawler?
June 17, 2002 at 7:12 pm #718589
That’s a lovely building in Blanchardstown with it’s shiney glass facade…..I had envisaged the likes of that happening down Dublin docks ….alas it’s not the case
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