Modern Classics 1930 – Present

In the last 100 years Ireland has produced some ‘stinkers’ (especially in the 1960’s and 70’s) but has also produced some of the most innovative, beautiful and unique buildings in the World.

Here are some of the weird and wonderful structures we have created………

Ireland’s only purpose-built medieval museum

The Medieval Museum Waterford, Waterford City This stunning new museum was built in 2013. It is Ireland’s only purpose-built medieval museum and is also the only building on the island to incorporate two medieval chambers: [...]

Regarded as a masterpiece of design and awarded ‘Building of the Century’

St. Aengus’s Church, Burt, County Donegal This stunning and timeless building is St. Aengus' Church located in Burt, co. Donegal. It was built in 1967 and was designed by local award winning architects Frank Corr [...]

Country life in Ireland, a Victorian gem and a modern classic

The Museum of Country Life is located in Turlough Village in co. Mayo. It was opened in 2001 and is the only national museum outside of Dublin. Turlough House was built in 1867 to the designs [...]

The first carbon-neutral convention centre in the World

The Convention Centre Dublin (CCD) in the Dublin Docklands was opened in September 2010. The glass building overlooks the River Liffey at Spencer Dock. It was designed by the American-Irish architect Kevin Roche. The building [...]

The new Aviva, The oldest sports stadium in Europe & The oldest rugby union ground in the World

This stunning building is the Aviva Stadium located on Lansdowne Road in Dublin City.It re-opened its doors on 14th May 2010 and has a seated capacity of 51,700. It's incredible roof is designed to undulate [...]

An Irish Harp, Calatrava & Samuel Beckett

The Samuel Beckett Bridge is located on Sir John Rogersons Quay in Dublin City. It was named after the famous Irish writer Samuel Beckett and designed by the internationally famous Spanish architect, sculpter and engineer, [...]

Among the most technologically advanced courts facilities in the World

The Criminal Courts of Justice are located on Parkgate Street in Dublin City. They were designed by Henry J Lyons Architects and opened in 2010. This is the largest courts project undertaken in Ireland for [...]

A modern masterpiece of design based on St Peter’s fishing boat

The Church of All Saints, Newtowncunningham, County Donegal This beautifully designed Catholic Church was built in 1999 at a cost of €1.2 million. The design is based on St Peter's fishing boat (or barque) as [...]

One of only 6 buildings in the World that was pulled up from it’s centre

The Central Bank of Ireland is located on Dame Street in Dublin City. It was designed by the brutalist architect Sam Stephenson in 1980 and it attracted a lot of criticism both for its height [...]

Embassy of the United States, Ballsbridge. Dublin City – 1964

This striking building is the Embassy of the United States for Dublin and is located in the leafy suburbs of Ballsbridge. It was built between 1962 and 64 and takes it's inspiration from a 5th [...]

An expression of free thinking & an architectual gem

Bendhu House, Ballintoy, County Antrim This eccentric and intriguing house is located in one of the most scenic areas of Northern Ireland. It was the creation of Newton Penprase who named it 'Bendhu' after the [...]

Voted no.1 tourist attraction in the World

This incredible piece of architecture is Titanic Belfast which was designed by the American born architect Eric Kuhne and built by Harcourt Developments. This world class visitor attraction is now the 2nd most visited in [...]

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