Pictured here is of view taken at the front of the Grand Canal Theatre at Grand Canal Square, south central Dublin, and to the right the checkered white building is the Marker Hotel.
Designed by Daniel Libeskind, the theatre faces onto the central plaza of the grand canal square and over the canal basin itself. The plaza extends into the canal on a narrow strip, and is lit by tall red poles, almost neon tone and at weird angles.
At night it creates the effect of a huge red carpet leading from the canal basin into the theatre.
The theatre can hold 2000 people and is a more intimate venue than Dublin's main O2 Stadium (aka, the Point Depot). As a result, many of the shows here would be more opera/classical/theatre based than the popular big name stars in the O2.
In recent years, the venue was renamed the Bord Gais Energy theatre after Irelands national gas company, but I still prefer its old name and most people I know still refer to as Grand Canal Theatre.
Grand Canal Square itself is over 10,000 square meters making it one of the largest open public spaces in Dublin. Completed in 2007, it was designed by award winning American landscape architect Martha Schwartz. The red carpet of red poles that extends from the theatre itself out into the canal basin is crossed by a green carpet made of green lit pathways, polygon shaped vegetation planters and seating areas. While the red carpet connects the water and the theatre, the green carpet connects the Marker hotel with the shopping area (which is to the left of this scene, the Marker hotel is the chequered building on the right).
It is one of Dublin's newest, and certainly my favorite, modern areas and features a number of top international company headquarters, as well as restaurants, bars, hotels, apartments and galleries.
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mjw364 (6998) 2014-05-11 9:46
My kind of architecture! I wish I was there. I think you have given us a great view of the goodies on offer here and I think the shapes of the buildings are echoed to some extent in the blocks in the foreground. Goo din b n w too.
Have a good Sunday
Romano46 (16578) 2014-05-11 9:59
la gestione della luce e dei grigi è perfetta e tale da mettere in evidenza in maniera particolarmente efficace l'architettura tipicamente moderna.
Una scelta, qualla del bianco e nero, che ritengo sia particolarmente indovinata visto il particolare soggetto.
Nitidezza e note impeccabili.
Ciao e buona serata
pajaran (48369) 2014-05-11 11:10
Interesantan tekst o pozoristu sa opisom ...
Dobar trenutak snimka i kontrast, lepo pokazana arhitektura i detalji na fasadi.
Lepa mesto i arhitektura.
Prijatno vece i lepa noc, sve najbolje.
An interesting article about the theater with a description ...
Good time recording and contrast, beautiful architecture and details shown on the facade.
Beautiful place and architecture.
Have a nice evening and night, all the best.
mesutilgim (79956) 2014-05-11 12:13
Hello dear Noel,
Nice b&w architectorial capture from Dublin wiht very good layout.
Many interesting and usefull notes.
TFS and best regards
jcpix (11440) 2014-05-11 16:59
I'm on geometric overload, and I love it! :) What a super shot and a brilliant idea to go black & white with this particular composition, enhancing the contrast and multitude of shapes from side to side. This really paints this location in a whole new way for me. I've enjoyed all of your pictures from here, but this one takes the cake.....mmmmmm, cake! (Homer drool)
You know, it's almost psychedelic, my eyes are all over the place trying to take it all in....you might give me a seizure with this one. Maybe I should take flight with that "stoner parasail" and calm down first. Duuuuude! :)) Sorry if I sound over the top, but man...I really dig this one! Have a good one. Take it easy.
Cheers from windy desert,
elenimavrandoni (14231) 2014-05-11 19:22
Noel, I would say a spectacular presentation, a very unique point of view and a very impressive note!!
your images accompanied by complete little stories are very intriguing and very exciting!!
so nice to learn from you so much about your beautiful country and its heritage!
omid266 (3214) 2014-05-11 20:16
A very nice shot from great square, with interesting architecture,
very nice designed, very well done and Thanks!
Best times and wishes,
snunney (79521) 2014-05-12 2:50
Good choice of black and white to accentuate the graphical lines of the architecture. Something also helped by the judicious point of view.
timecapturer (45143) 2014-05-12 2:55
like this! It is an original take on this amazing looking architectural delight. Your post-processing here is both inspired and effective. I love the tones and textures but it is the lines and shapes that make it both irresistible, arty and appealing. Well done!
Have a good week - B.
carlo62 (27534) 2014-05-12 14:15
un insieme di figure geometriche che si notano maggiormente grazie alla scelta del b&w.
Molto originale il risultato, il tuo lavoro in pp è stato premiato dall'eccellente risultato.
photoray (10125) 2014-05-12 14:55
Grand Canal is certainly unique in architecture, a wonderland and maze of geometric patterns. From the thumbnail I thought the center building was under construction with boards and steel lying against the frame. The shrubs help soften this otherworldly scene.
Thanks for sharing,
delpeoples (52445) 2014-05-13 3:04
Ciao dear Noel
I think I've seen this in your Gallery a few times before, when you took it at night, with the green fluoro lights. The B&W daytime treatment gives it a completely new look. It enhances the graphism and geometries, aswell as the textures created by the stones in the FG and the chequers in the BG. I regret not checking this place out when I was in D-Town, but will get there one day, in the meantime living vicariously through your excellent photos.
Have a great day, thanks for sharing
mkamionka (29199) 2014-05-13 8:37
beautiful composition which allowed you to present this place in an original way. Very interesting processing combined with B&W resulted in a unique mood.
Very well thought through foreground which adds further geometrical shapes to the modern cityscape.
Brilliant work, congratulations!
photographer_sg (2897) 2014-05-14 1:30
this is a fine composition with so many interesting geometric shapes that you laid out really well to make a striking design. The hazy sky is a perfect counterpoint and makes an excellent background. The black and white treatment is superb and makes it look like a pencil sketch while retaining the pin sharp details.
Thanks for sharing and have a nice day.
lousat (72197) 2014-05-14 2:15
Hi Noel,a magnificent way to show us this ultra modern architechture,a lot of lines in a strong composition,great choice of this light black and white full of grey.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
RhodieIke (11512) 2014-05-16 22:24
Wow, futuristic modern buildings in this Square in Dublin.The Grand Canal Theatre buildings brings back memories of a children's games Pick up Sticks, he he.
Brilliant Pov, on to these, well managed and super in B@W.
krzychu30 (15332) 2014-05-20 4:08
this is the Masterpiece my friend!
The architecture itself has great "futuristic" look,but your post-processing work has made this place really stunning and made it look like a scene from "sci-fi" movie.
Have a nice day
ourania (26316) 2014-05-23 7:01
what an interesting result you've achieved through this artistic monochrome treatment! This very interesting and familiar (through your previous presentations) place has acquired a very special fascination in this picture. A bold decision to abolish colours and reflections from such a colourful cityscape but your treatment has really revealed a lot of patterns and details that enhance the dynamism of the architecture. The grey tones are also bold and vibrant. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely day,
clic (14118) 2014-05-26 5:40
I see an HDR take that gives the intense impression of seeing the mock up of a futuristic city district to be refurbished, given your work that suits well to the modern look of this uninhabitated gathering!
- Copyright: Noel Byrne (Noel_Byrne) (20698)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2014-05-03
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 60D
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/125 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-05-11 9:08
- Favorites: 2 [view]