1 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 and original roof line as it contravened planning permission within Dublin’s city centre. You can see it from many of the narrow streets around the Temple Bar area 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. Recently (2018) US property giant Hines and its Hong Kong partner Peterson are seeking permission for a €75 million redevelopment which will include a 300-seat rooftop restaurant.