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Old August 23rd, 2005, 09:03 PM   #1
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CORK, Ireland: Eglinton street tower, Approved

This was approved last month but only found out about it now. It may not be a very big tower by normal standards but since Ireland has barely any scrapers it's VERY big news for Cork. The 17-storey tower is supposed to start construction next year I think and is to be 70m tall.

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I really like this design. It'll be only the 2nd scraper in Cork and while the other one is a typical 70s office block that's surrounded by fields, this one will look quite good. I heard of a few other high-rises planned for the dock-lands area here with two of them exceeding 20 stories.

What do you think of the design?
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Old August 23rd, 2005, 09:05 PM   #2
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Good news. Nice to hear stuff happening in Ireland outside Dublin.
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Old August 23rd, 2005, 09:07 PM   #3
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Nice design btw Looks taller than 17 floors.
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Old August 23rd, 2005, 09:27 PM   #4
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Nice looking tower for Cork there.great news its aproved.
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Old August 23rd, 2005, 09:46 PM   #5
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Well I'm not entirely sure if it's 100% approved but I think it's gone through most of process. From reading a lot of comments on a site called www.archiseek.com it seems this is a go-ahead
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Old August 24th, 2005, 04:36 AM   #6
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Yay, my Grandmother was from county cork!
Must visit some day.
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Old August 24th, 2005, 12:15 PM   #7
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Thats really nice - I think your are looking at somewhere between 70-80m and then the spire takes it up to the 100m barrier
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Old August 24th, 2005, 01:25 PM   #8
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Well, I know for sure it's 70m tall (to roof). With the spire in place I'm sure there'll be a fight between some building up in Dublin and the "real" capital of Ireland
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*going to cork this weekend*

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Old August 24th, 2005, 03:11 PM   #10
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its 80m to the top of the facade overrun. i dunno how tall the spire is.
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Old August 24th, 2005, 04:33 PM   #11
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Thats just as many +15 storey buildings approved as sheffield for cork! Thats not as impressive as it sounds.
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Old August 24th, 2005, 06:28 PM   #12
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Thats just as many +15 storey buildings approved as sheffield for cork! Thats not as impressive as it sounds.
Yes, you're right it's not impressive but you should know that 90% of the people in Ireland think like this person here who I ran into on some other forum:
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Sky scrapers are so frightfully symbolic of all the is nasty about the human race its frightening that somone would actually Want one in their city especially a big glass and steel M V Rohe composition! dublin should not bome toronto new york or london a sky scraper would just be wrong dublin is dublin, let it be a city of culture not blatant capitalism.
First of all the general public isn't too keen on highrises and tall buildings (relative tall ones ) also have a bad history here. Examples include the infamous Ballymun commie blocks in Dublin and County hall in Cork which is Ireland's tallest building at 64m and looks like a piece of shite, 60s office block.
The thing is that while the Eglinton street tower isn't very impressive in height, it's very important because it'll encourage more developers to do the same thing. Also this tower is much more aesthetically pleasing than usual towers here so it mightn't get such a bad reaction and people will be more open to highrises.
Up in Dublin a good few towers have been approved recently such as the 32-storey heuston gate tower and U2 tower. What I'm disapointed about though, is that even though the heuston gate breaks 100m, it's not a great design. It overshadows everything nearby and might discourage even more people to see the benefits of highrises. Right now most of Dublin's a huge suburban sprawling mess and that trend is on its way in Cork too.

Here's a rendering of the Heuston gate tower. As you can see it's not bad but it's certainly not great either. Pretty average. Anyway, let's hope it's just the render.
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I made some pics of the building yesterday. Don't know if anyboby cares but I'll see anyway

















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Cork seems to be getting an incredible ammount of development for such a small city, it's very impressive.
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Cheers Premier. I'll have to get myself over to Cork in the summer.
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The entire development is almost done. Will try to get some pictures soon.
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Old August 31st, 2008, 02:36 AM   #18
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Was getting dark when I took these, sorry.



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Thank you for the pics. I have never been to Cork so dont understand the context of the area in which the building is built but it looks nice from those pics.
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It looks nice from one angle but from the other side looks like crap (and that's the view I get from where I live )
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