This highly assertive building is The Central Bank of Ireland, Dame Street. It was designed by Sam Stephenson in 1980 and it attracted a lot of criticism both for its height and original roof line as it contravened planning permission in Dublin’s city centre. It is visible from many streets around the Temple Bar area where narrow streets and gaps between buildings can reveal its strong geometric presence. The building is highly unique because it is one of a handful of buildings in the World where the structure uses suspensions held from it’s centre. During construction each floor was built at ground level and then hoisted up with all the fittings and services already in place. Internally, the offices are lit by floor to ceiling glazing which helps give the buildings its bold striped appearance.

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