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Grand Canal Square, Dublin, Ireland

Friday 03 Sep 2010

A sticky situation

Martha Schwartz, Inc. 
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MSP brings a touch of old-school glamour to one of Ireland's most vibrant cities 

Grand Canal Square is the major public open space in the Dublin Docklands Development area. It is located on Grand Canal in Dublin and forms the focal point of this new development. Facing out to Grand Canal it is flanked on its other end by Libeskind‘s prominent new theatre and entertainment building as well as a new hotel to the north and an office development to the south.

In this setting dominated by contemporary architectural expression, MSP has created a public space that will offer colour and dynamism to Dublin‘s open spaces. Due to its cultural celebrity setting, a central red carpet leads from the theatre out onto the canal and vice versa. A green carpet connects the new hotel to the office development.

The red carpet is paved in a newly developed bright red resin-glass material and is completed by red glowing angled lightsticks that mimic the ‘bustle’ on the red carpet. The green carpet has a calmer expression and offers ample seating on the edges of planters of various heights. The planters, extruded polygons of the green carpet, are planted with marsh vegetation as a reminder of the historic wetland area of this site and some offer immaculate lawns for lingering and enjoying the spectacular setting. Pushing out of the plaza is a water feature of randomly stacked green marble that is overflowing with bubbling water.

The square is further criss-crossed by narrow paths that allow for movement across the square in any possible direction while still accomodating big activites such as markets or fairs. The new square will be an urban magnet with 24-hour activity and is an accurate interpretation of Dublin’s energy.

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