Photographer's Note

Pictured here is the Grand Canal Hotel at Grand canal plaza in south central Dublin.
It is one of the best places in the city to capture modern architecture, as the entire canal basin is surrounded by modern offices, hotels, apartments, and the iconic Grand Canal Theatre.

This hotel has been lying vacant for many years. Its original conception was that the hotel would be one of the most expensive and high quality in the city, and was originally descibed as being about to "bring the champagne fizz to Dublin architecture". The collapse of the Irish Economy saw the investors pull out, and leave only the shell of the building lying empty for many years.

The architect is Manuel Aires Mateus.

Better news now is that hotel has recently been bought by Midwest, a Swiss based company. They paid 30 million euro for the hotel and 84 apartments in the complex. Work is now underway to completely fit out the hotel in anticipation of a grand opening in March 2013. This fitting out alone will cost 10 million euro. Construction work on the plaza in front of the hotel is visible here.

When I dropped into the city very early to try and catch this scene with no people, I was delighted with how still the water of the basin was. Even more when this partial rainbow appeared for a few minutes!

Thanks for looking.

Photo Information
  • Copyright: Noel Byrne (Noel_Byrne) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2212 W: 8 N: 4900] (17121)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2013-02-16
  • Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
  • Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2013-02-16 9:04
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Points: 56
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