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03 May 2008

1930 – Dunlop Building, Stephen St., Dublin

A fine building on a gently curving site with Art Deco detailing added as offices to existing factory. The single bay building with bay window marks the entrance to the main factory, which...

03 May 2008

Dream buildings, drawn in bed

Liam McCormick (1916-1996) was close to being Ireland’s Alvar Aalto. Like the great Finnish architect, he was a committed but not doctrinaire modernist who found inspiration in the context of place and produced...

02 May 2008

“Bikes-for-Billboards” scheme exposes major planning flaws

It sounded like a fairytale, yet what was initially hailed as “free bikes” has become one of the biggest planning controversies to hit the capital in years. The so-called “metropole” plan – whereby...

01 May 2008

Rooms with views and wind-fighting walls

Holiday homeowners want their retreats to have a different spirit to their normal homes and that comes out in the brief to architects. “It is all about the views, as well as capturing...

01 May 2008

Bord Gáis Networks – National Distribution Control Building Competition

The RIAI (Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland) is administering a competition on behalf of the competition promoters, Bord Gáis Networks (BGN). This is an open, two stage competition for the architectural...

30 April 2008

Grangegorman: all in by 2010

The development of the 73-acre Grangegorman site that will provide a new home for the Dublin Institute of Technology represents the single largest educational project in the history of the state. Provisions being...

30 April 2008

Planning for a ‘visionary urban development’

Led by the Grangegorman Development Agency (GDA) under the chairmanship of former Dublin city manager, John Fitzgerald, the project aims to combine the strategic objectives of the Dublin City Council development plan with...

28 April 2008

Metro West Liffey Bridge Design Competition

The RIAI (Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland) is administering a competition on behalf of the competition promoters, the Railway Procurement Agency (RPA). This is a two stage competition for the architectural...

27 April 2008

Docklands deal went against area master plan

The Dublin Docklands Development Authority (DDDA) signed an agreement with property developer Liam Carroll allowing him to build taller buildings on the north quays in Dublin than was provided for in the master...