Interpane: modern meets classical for The Irish Times, Dublin

2012-08-06 | Building applications

Futuristic glass architecture merges with classical brickwork for the 19th century building of The Irish Times in Dublin, which has been partially demolished and partially renovated. A glass atrium links it to the modern architecture of Fleet Street. The clear geometric structures, and the 2,200 square metres of structural glazing with ipasol neutral solar control glass from Interpane, ensure that the interior is flooded with daylight, but protected from the summer heat.

Futuristic glass architecture merges with classical brickwork for the 19th century building of The Irish Times in Dublin
Temple Bar, the cultural heart of Dublin, on the south bank of the Liffey. Cobbled streets that come alive at night. The district has a lively history: it is over 400 years old, and was a central trading hub in the old Dublin. It lost its importance during the 19th century, and by the 1960s had fallen into disrepair – in some places into ruin.
In the 1980s, the national transportation company Córas Iompair Éireann planned to purchase the area in order to tear it down and build a central bus station. Rents plummeted. Perhaps this is what saved Temple Bar. The low rents attracted artists, galleries and small shops. The district sprang back to life. Finally, the bus station project was cancelled and the regeneration of the area was pushed forward. Temple Bar was turned into a cultural centre, which now hosts numerous Irish cultural institutions such as the Irish Film Centre and the national acting school – but also the Central Bank of Ireland.

Modern glass façade and solid brickwork
The Irish Times was founded in 1859 by Irish Unionists. In 1895 it moved into the building on D’Olier Street, at the corner of Fleet Street, in Temple Bar. Over 100 years later, in 2007, the newspaper moved into a modern office building just 100 metres from the historic site. The construction company P. Elliott bought the run-down building and, with the help of HKR Architects, demolished some parts, renovated others and added the large glass atrium which connects the old buildings structurally an...


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