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Unbuilt Dublin

15 January 2014

1883 – Second Placed Design for National Museum & Library, Dublin

Architect: Holme & Hornblower An unexecuted design, awarded Second Place after an architectural competition to design a complex of museum and library around Leinster House (then part of the Royal Dublin Society). Illustrations...

22 December 2013

1880 – Unbuilt Proposal for Theatre Royal, Dublin

Architect: C.J. Phipps Description of proposed new theatre on site of old theatre destroyed by fire. Not built by 1884, eventually a different design by Frank Matchem was constructed. Published in The Building...

28 November 2013

2006 – ‘Suas’, Dublin

Hair-brained idea for an “iconic” tourist attraction that would run from Dublin’s Docklands west to Heuston Station – destroying views of some of Gandon’s iconic Dublin works. Developer Barry Boland first unveiled his...

17 November 2013

2002 – Unbuilt Proposal for Hawkins House, Dublin

Architect: Murray O’Laoire Architects Unbuilt proposal for recladding and external finish to the 1960s Hawkins House in Dublin.

15 October 2013

2010 – Competition design for ESB Headquarters, Fitzwilliam St., Dublin

This entry was a joint entry of Gilroy McMahon with Henry J Lyons and Partners in an international architectural competition to replace the ESB headquarters on Fitzwilliam St., in Dublin’s historic Georgian core.The...

16 April 2013

1872 – Proposing a Grand Central Station for Dublin

From The Building News, January 12 1872: “LONDON has not a central station, and what London can do without (says the Railway News) can scarcely be an absolute necessity in Dublin; nevertheless, we...

02 April 2013

1922 – Custom House Circus, Dublin

Architect: Patrick Abercrombie, Sydney Kelly, Arthur Kelly In 1916 the Civics Institute of Ireland held a competition for suggestions and designs for the city planning of Dublin of which the judges were Patrick...

02 April 2013

1922 – New Central Square & Railway Station, Dublin

Architect: Patrick Abercrombie, Sydney Kelly, Arthur Kelly Unrealised scheme to redevelop the markets area of Dublin with a new central station, a Union Station, serving passenger services for all the railway companies of...

01 April 2013

1975c – ILAC Centre, Moore St., Dublin

Unbuilt proposal for the Moore Street facade of the Irish Life constructed shopping mall known as the ILAC – Irish Life Assurance Company. The properties in the area had been acquired over many...