ROBOCOP ON DAME STREET – ACCORDING TO PAUL CLERKIN OF ARCHISEEK
This office block features a half-dome to mirror that of the City Hall – I never knew that, did you?
Back in 2007 Frank McDonald, of the Irish Independent, suggested that the new building beside City Hall may be the most detested addition to Dublin and I must admit that I never met anyone that does not dislike it to a lesser or greater degree. Myself, I do not like it or the public space that surrounds it especially as it is beginning to look more and more like an advertising hoarding with the passing of time.
The area is now known as Barnardo Square and it is about ten years old. It was developed as part of the development of the adjacent office building, both of which were designed by the Spanish architecture firm MBM. Dublin City Council describes Barnardo Square as an open, level and paved space in Dame Street, featuring a DublinBike pick up point, several large granite seats and a large glass covered sculpture sunken into the paving. The café at City Hall has seating on the west side of the square during sunny weather.
The five-storey office block is adjacent to the well-known Sick and Indigent Roomkeepers’ Society building on Palace Street, leading to Dublin Castle.
At the West side of the building there is an unattractive that leads down to the plaza from a doorway on the first floor. I can only assume that it is a fire escape but it looks like an afterthought.
By infomatique on 2017-04-05 15:22:34