GRAND CANAL SQUARE FIVE YEARS AGO – CHRISTMAS WEEK 2014
Those of you who know the area may be surprised by the number of changes.
Grand Canal Square, an urban space in Dublin’s Docklands, was opened to the publicin June 2007. The square is located at Grand Canal Dock on the south side of the river Liffey between Sir John Rogerson’s Quay and Pearse Street.
Designed by Martha Schwartz the 10,000 sq metre square is one of the largest paved public spaces in Dublin city.
Grand Canal Square is located at the west end of Grand Canal Dock with one side facing out on to the water. The tinted glass office building designed by Duffy Mitchell O’Donoghue – No.1 Grand Canal Square – is on the south side, with the Daniel Libeskind designed Grand Canal Theatre on the east side and the Manual Aires Matues designed hotel on the north side of the Square.
The Square features a striking composition of a red “carpet” extending from the theatre into and over the dock. This is crossed by a green “carpet” of paving with lawns and vegetation. The red “carpet” is made of bright red resin-glass paving covered with red glowing angled light sticks. The green “carpet” of polygon-shaped planters filled with marsh like vegetation provides seating.
Grand Canal Square is also criss-crossed by granite-paved paths that allow movement across it in any possible direction, while still allowing for the Square to host major public events such as festivals and performances. The layout can accommodate a diverse range of activities throughout the day and night.