Following on from Uglee Dublin and inspired by our friend Arran Q Henderson, we’d like to ask which buildings in Dublin would you demolish, obliterate or otherwise make disappear.
Oh and to make it harder (since we’re really spoilt for choice in Dublin) you can only pick five.
To get you started, here are my five monsters:
#1. Civic Offices. Built on the site of possibly the most important Viking archaeological site in Europe.
#2. ESB Head Office. 16 Georgian Houses were demolished in the sixties to make room for this obscenity, breaking up Dublin’s famous Georgian Mile (this one’s days may thankfully be numbered anyway).
#3. Hawkins House. Did someone actually pay an architect for this work?
#4. O’Connell House. Dwarfs the surrounding Georgian structures and towers oppressively over O’Connell Bridge
#5. Newish unnamed building on Barnardo Square, Dame Street. Who thought it was a good idea to build this in front of Dublin Castle. It’s so damn ugly they put ridiculous green lights on it to distract us.
And this is sort of cheating but since it’s not a building I’m allowed an extra one…
# 5.1. Butt Bridge. Completely bisects the city and cuts off the view of Gandon’s spectacular Customs House.
Over to you…