Of Mies And Men


The Bank of Ireland head office on Baggot Street, Dublin, designed by Ronnie Tallon, of architects Scott Tallon Walker

Plans by HKR Architects included proposals to add storeys and put an atrium over the central plaza…

…The proposed changes were rejected by Dublin City Council planners – who described it as “one of the most important Modernist buildings in Ireland”

It is considered that the proposed development would not protect the special character of the protected facade have a significant undesirable impact on the integrity and Miesian character of the complex”.

The Dublin building, whose two phases were completed in 1968 and 1978, has the same type of facade used on Mies van der Rohe’s 1950s Seagram Building in New York.


Iconic Bank HQ Down From €212m To €30-€35m (Irish Times)


Almost universally loathed by the public and adored by architects, the Bank went to great lengths to build the project against the wishes of nearly everyone, including demolishing Georgian houses at 5am on a Sunday morning.


Bank Of Ireland Baggot Street, 1978 (Archiseek)


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