A modern classic based on a 5th-century ringfort

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 its inspiration from a 5th-century Irish ring fort. It was designed jointly by the American architect, John MacL. Johansen, in consultation with the prominent Irish architect, Michael Scott. It is one of the first buildings built in a ‘modern architectural style’ to be positively accepted in Ireland. The exterior of the building used pre-cast modular units made with concrete and the interior is bathed in natural light from glass walls shaped in a rotunda. The building is floored with Connemara marble and Irish granite is used throughout the walls.