Thursday, 6 February 2014

homage to Mies van der Rohe...

Wandering down the Baggot Street it is impossible to miss this structure. Firstly because of its controversial location (Georgian Street) and some shameful moments in its construction history - demolition of Georgian houses at 5am on a Sunday morning 1 April 1973 in order to make a place for new building.
Secondly because of its wonderfully geometric, dignified form.

The Bank of Ireland head office, designed by Ronnie Tallon, of  Scott Tallon Walker Architects.

It is a perfect example of modernist architecture strongly influenced by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, one of a few pioneering masters of modern architecture and his 1950s Seagram Building in New York.
Bank of Ireland HQ has even the same type of facade.

Despite the history it is truly impressive, very elegant and well constructed building with its beautiful minimalist details, brown coloured cladding and tinted glass. 
It consists of three blocks constructed between 1968 and 1978.

All photographs shows only external part as there is no access to the building right now. It is vacant since about 2 years when Bank of Ireland decided to relocate after about 40 years.

Technical info:

Sinar F2 large format camera 4x5 with Schneider-Kreuznach Symmar-S 150mm 5.6 and Super-Angulon 90mm 8.0 lenses, Fomapan 100@64 4x5 negative film.

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