Dublin Architecture: Best Buildings in Dublin
Dublin is a welcoming and beautiful Irish city and well worth visiting, not least to see some of its best buildings. While you’re in town, look carefully at the red brick buildings, because some of them have the most beautiful chevrons in amongst the brickwork. If you are going to start somewhere as a visitor to the city, where better than Dublin Airport itself?
When you arrive in Dublin, you’ll probably see the airport car park. It’s not very imposing, but the airport holds a secret if you want to look. Behind the car park of Terminal 1, and in the atrium, you will find the exterior of a lovely, red brick church.
The post office at the heart of the city of Dublin was built in the early nineteenth century. The building is in the middle of O’Connell Street, so named after the leader of the rebels during the 1916 Easter uprising against British rule. At the time, the post office building was burning, along with much of the street, which is the city’s main thoroughfare. The building is still used as a post office, and if you’re in the centre of Dublin, it’s well worth taking a look inside this historic site.
The Iveagh Trust Buildings
The Iveagh trust buildings are among the many beautiful red brick buildings around the city. Developed by the 1st Earl of Iveagh, a gentleman named Edward Cecil Guinness, they were homes for the working poor. The buildings are well worth seeing while you’re in Dublin, and can be found at New Bride Street, Dublin 8.
Michael Moynihan Brick Kiosk
If you are wandering around the city and find yourself at the junction of Leeson Street and Adelaide Road, you will see a small structure that’s currently home to a small café, so you can quench your thirst. Originally, this was the site of public toilets, a kiosk, and a water pressure station. The features to look for in this building are the wonderful chevron designs on the structure’s left and right pillars.
Bathing Centre Bull Wall Promenade
If you enjoy a walk along the coast, the Bull Wall Promenade is home to a bathing centre, where swimmers can go through the entrance and be hidden from view by the structure. The buildings were erected in the 1930’s as part of a drive to modernise areas of the city, having been designed by Herbert Simms in 1934, who was behind a number of structures commissioned by the City Corporation. The structures are extremely simple; the gold toned yellow of the centre looks as though it were made to complement the blue sea.
The buildings mentioned here are only a part of Dublin’s attractions, but well worth seeing if you decide to visit the capital of the Republic.