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This is another view of the Marker Hotel in Grand Canal Square, South Central Dublin. In the foreground is one of the large green illuminations that light up this public space.

The hotel itself lay vacant for many years after nearing completion. The original idea behind its being built was that it would become one of the most expensive and most exclusive in the city and its design was described as being about to bring the Champagne fizz to Dublin. However, while under construction, the Irish economy collapsed and the investors pulled out.

Thankfully today, the hotel is completed and open for business. A Swiss based company called Midwest paid 30 million euro for the hotel and the 84 apartments in the complex. They spent a further 10 million euro fitting out the interior of the hotel, and it opened in March 2013.

The rooftop of the building is home to the Rooftop Terrace bar, which offers fine views over grand canal basin.

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 Grand Canal theatre 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. None of the red poles are visible here.

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