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.
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jemaflor (86670) 2013-02-16 9:36
Great photo with an interesting architecture and these lovely reflections with ranbow, bravo !
ACL1978 (7511) 2013-02-16 9:40
I see we both posted reflections today, Noel. This is a nice one, with the rainbow adding a very special touch. Thanks for showing a modern side of Dublin in recent shots!
krzychu30 (15510) 2013-02-16 9:48
judging by your previous posts you can be happy so many new buildings(with really interesting architecture) is being built in Dublin.After your previous shots of Theatre and Hotel,now you´re presenting us this beauitful complex.Just love its architecture and especially patterns and geometric forms created by elements of the facade.Also your POV was excelelntly chosen and let us admire the building in all its glory.The water pond with so nice reflections is a nice addition too.
dta (68862) 2013-02-16 9:51
Hello Noel ,
Original modern architecture for this attractive building . A superb capture with the perfect reflection , the good angle of view , and the rainbow as a great bonus .
Romano46 (18466) 2013-02-16 9:52
hai colto un momento fortunato con l'arcobaleno che completa nella migliore delle maniera la bella architettura nella quale bianco e verde si alternano in maniera molto armonica.
Ottimo il punto di ripresa che dà slancio all'edificio e nello stesso tempo ti permette di cogliere un ottimo riflesso. Giusto il taglio verticale che isola l'architettura eliminando il superfluo.
Buono il contrasto, la luminosità , la nitidezza e la saturazione dei colori.
Curate come al solito le note.
Ciao e buona serata
cornejo (33336) 2013-02-16 10:19
Hi Noel, I like this photo of interesting building, with its reflection in the canal and the beautiful rainbow, a beautiful and interesting image very well composed and framed, with good sharpness, depth, light and beautiful color. Very good job perfectly charming and made with high quality, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good night and good Sunday.
Greetings from southern Spain.
maria-v1981 (10816) 2013-02-16 11:24
Stunning details and light. The symmetry squares on the building are superb against such a flawless sky and the rainbow. Beautiful reflections and interesting use of the diagonals.
Have a nice evening,
rogerl (1544) 2013-02-16 12:13
A fortuitous combination of events! The reflection of the rainbow is even visible in the water. A very geometric shot, with the rectangular faces in the hotel, and a brilliant blue sky. Well-framed, with the front edge of the hotel about at thirds. Nicely done, with many different points of visual interest.
pajaran (53354) 2013-02-16 13:34
Lep pogled i trenutak sa refleksima na vodi ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, ostrina i kontrast, lepe boje.
Dobar tekst, lepo pokazano.
Prijatno vece i sve najbolje za vikend.
Nice view and a moment with reflexes on water ...
A good time recording, sharpness and contrast, beautiful color.
Good article, nicely shown.
Good evening and all the best for the weekend.
carlo62 (35328) 2013-02-16 14:32
grande scatto, bravo.
Bellissimo il palazzo con le sue geometrie, l'aggiunta dell'arcobaleno ed il riflesso che ripropone il tutto completano l'opera.
tyro (20978) 2013-02-16 14:58
Well done you! The early bird catches the worm and, although you went here early with the intention of avoiding crowds of people, you captured not only the remarkably still water in the canal basin but also a beautiful rainbow!
The lightinhg here is just stunning, the modern building standing out perfectly against a deep blue sky. The smooth reflections and the rainbow are the icing on the cake.
Excellent composition, lovely soft light, wonderful vibrant colours and exquisite detail and sharpness.
P.S. An interetsing note too - I do hope that all goes well with the Grand Canal Hotel - it's really wonderful that it's been saved.
delpeoples (53667) 2013-02-16 21:27
Dia duit dear Noel
Oh wow, what a shot. Even without the leprechaun rainbow - in reflection - it would be a stunning shot. But with it, it's a masterpiece. Excellent choice with the vertical frame, the image is pin-sharp and the colours are so beautifully rendered. The colours really are luminous, and you made the right choice keeping it in colour, but I can't help but wonder what it would look like in B&W. And your note, again, wow - it's so sad and such a sign of the times that this hotel never got off the ground.
A+ from me and A++ from the monkey
Kamilutka (8095) 2013-02-17 1:30
what a strange building it is! Very midern in my eye and quite interesting, too. The reflection on the water makes this photo so much more appealing and the doubled rainbow is a nice touch for the composition. Very good colors and contrast. Nice sharpness.
TFS and have a lovely Sunday!
timecapturer (49288) 2013-02-17 3:23
an opportunist shot composed and executed superbly. The control of the light here is perfect at creating the impact and atmosphere, plus the clarity and sharpness are impeccable. Excellent image!
Enjoy your Sunday - Brian.
mesutilgim (86718) 2013-02-17 4:28
A real "masterwork" !
Amazing compo with very nice reflections and the beautiful rainbow crowning the scenery.
Interesting notes makes this entry a perfect TE entry.
TFS and have a nice weekend
siudzi (34113) 2013-02-17 5:37
This building has a really awesome architecture and with the water reflections it looks so attractive! Like your shot very much. Perfectly seen and cropped. Have a nice afternoon!
foxy123 (72) 2013-02-17 7:02
One word Noel and thats WOW! I really love this shot. Nicely done and I absolutley love the perfect reflection.
JFS (32459) 2013-02-17 8:20
Very appealing reflection, the building is very strikking. The rainbow adds even more interest to the nice image.
All the best,
abmdsudi (44844) 2013-02-17 16:58
This is a catchy happy urban scene and double bonus indeed with the rainbows and the calm water reflections turning this to an almost double image
Shooting angle is good which is perfect to keep the eye into perspective wihile still keeping the central focal of interest intact sharp in focus and does not pull attention away from main subject. Well done,
marabu61 (8929) 2013-02-18 1:53
Suberb reflection of the hotel and rainbow in this one. The architecture of the hotel is interesting as well.
As being from the hospitality business myself and being a Swiss citizien, I had to google the midwest hotel group, as I had never heard of them before. Even so, the result was rather sparse, so I wonder who they really are?
have a great day
Schnappilic (9690) 2013-02-18 11:31
A great moment with this rainbow! Good management of reflections. Splendid result. Congratulations!
ourania (33565) 2013-02-19 8:23
a marvellous picture with excellently rendered and effective symmetry that makes the view even more interesting. The reflection is as clear as the real view and it's amazing that you were able to capture so clearly both versions of the rainbow. I love the colours and the vibrancy of the light tones against the depth and smoothness of the blue backdrop. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely evening,
jcpix (13716) 2013-02-20 16:10
Love it! I think this building alone would make a fine picture just because of its architecture, but coupled with the reflection and the rainbow...well, you've scored a real winner. Smart composition and some very nice lighting, great work in presenting this hotel. Ever thought about marketing this for the them, make a few extra Euro's? It definitely grabs your attention at first sight. Impressive shot!
mjw364 (7512) 2013-02-21 11:24
Now who is showing off with their reflections?! Ha cracker with a rainbow too - what a moment captured - right place at the right time!
TFS - cheers
macjake (57950) 2013-02-21 22:54
another great example of beautiful architecture in Dublin. The fact that you were able to capture a rainbow, water reflections and beautiful light makes for a picture-perfect photo.
its hard to come up with anything else you'd want.
the building is simple but also very attractive with its repetitive patterns.
another great note too :)
enjoy your weekend
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2013-03-05 5:09
Beautiful architectural building with clear reflection . The rainbow adds on the blue sky makes it very beautiful. The colors and the sharpness are fantastic.
kim_gwan (418) 2013-05-23 7:54
Good Morning Noel,
Very powerful colors, PERFECT and symmetrical reflects, you are genius in this. Wonderful POV, frame and a balance color.
Awesome name given to this hotel which perfectly suits the name. Not only you capture the rainbow in the sky, but you manage to reflect it on the basin as well. Very thoughtful and abit lucky.
I bet it cost a bomb to stay a night here.
serp2000 (41012) 2013-09-03 7:24
This is one of the most interesting photos from Dublin in your gallery. Excellent capture of so graphic reflection.. Well done! It reminds me a desktop chess ;)
COSTANTINO (57307) 2014-06-13 12:28
wonderful photo of this impressive building
reflected on the surface of the water
I loved the rainbow adding a special touch
interesting use of diagonals
have a nice time