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Tag: nice gaff

Nice Gaff – Merrion Hall

Happened upon on trips to the sea, the modernist concrete structure can seem an anomaly on a road of otherwise higgledy-piggledy residential grandeur.

Nice Gaff – Busáras

The first major work of architecture in modern Ireland, Busáras was symbolic of a forward facing Ireland that was brimful of passion and ideas.

Nice Gaff: DIT Cathal Brugha Street

From the rubble of Marlborough Street, Cathal Brugha Street emerged when the St. George’s and St. Thomas’ Church was rebuilt in 1932. It was on this street that Robinson Keefe were commissioned to design St. Mary’s College of Domestic Science in 1939, now known as DIT Cathal Brugha Street.

Nice Gaff: Charlemont House

Now called Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Charlemont House admirably represents how a building can be sympathetically adapted and extended without disrupting its integrity.

Nice Gaff: The Long Mile Works

All in all there is a lot to be loved about this simple and honest building. It reminds me that architects are more fundamentally related to artistic principles than, say for argument sake, the building regulations. We all start to create on a blank sheet and hope to end up with a composition such as The Long Mile Works.

Nice Gaff: Shan-Zhen – Architects: Urban Agency and AP+E

The basic idea explored in Shan-Zhen comes from Shannon’s transformation, in the late 1950s, into a transatlantic refuelling point and the subsequent establishment of the Shannon Free Zone – the world’s first free trade zone – which resulted in creating a large hub of foreign investment in the area incentivised by tax breaks.


Nice Gaff: Architects – Herbert Simms

It starts and ends with Herbert Simms: the extraordinary City Architect of Dublin in the early twentieth century, and for me his perfect building is Chancery House, a stone’s throw from the Four Courts in Dublin’s North Inner City.

Nice Gaff: IDA Small Business Centre

Last month an intriguing building emerged at the junction of Gardiner Street and Summerhill. This building is not new however, it is 30 years old. The sign said ‘IDA Small Business Centre’ and if you would like to see it you had better hurry as it is about to be demolished.

Nice Gaff: 13 North Great Georges Street

The weekend of Friday 16th to Sunday 18th October sees the return of Open House Dublin, essentially Ireland’s biggest celebration of nice gaffs. Emma Gilleece explores 13 North Great George’s Street, one of the buildings featured on this year’s programme.

Nice Gaff: The Guinness Power House

On first impressions, the Guinness Power House is an unmistakably confident building. However, closer scrutiny of its architectural history complicates this identity and exposes a building that lacks the overstatement of other comparable postwar power stations.

Nice Gaff: The Ark Temple Bar

The first cultural centre for children in Europe, the Ark is a place where children can explore theatre, music, literature, art, film and other cultural activities in a space created specifically for them

Nice Gaff: Dublin Corporation Wholesale Markets

The markets area of Dublin is a hub of activity, smells, sounds and sights. It is where I work, and the inspiration for the first collection from Arran Street East, ‘The pots’. Trading began here in late 1892 and the Fruit and Vegetable Market building is decorated with representations of the goods being sold within.

Nice Gaff: South Studios 27/28 New Row South Dublin 8

At numbers 27 and 28 on New Row South in Blackpitts sits an old calp limestone, brick and slate warehouse currently home to South Studios. A former distillery, tannery, warehouse, creative studio and now – maybe – soon to be apartments, much of the history of the Blackpitts and Dublin’s industrial and architectural evolution can be told through this building and its environs.

Nice Gaff: Ashgrove Housing

Architect Ronan McCann takes a look at Ashgrove off Meath Street, a rare examples of city centre social housing where the architecture actively helps foster community.


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