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.
Thanks for looking!
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lousat (68683) 2013-12-17 11:46
HI Noel,this is a great place for a very original night pic,with this lot of green lights.You caught very well this opportunity with a perfect exposure and excellent details too,nice facade too like a big chess table,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
tyro (17314) 2013-12-17 12:09
Well, yes, this is definitely green. In fact, I don't think I've ever seen anything quite so green in my life before!
This is a remarkable subject for a long exposure evening shot and you have captured it very well indeed against a deep "blue hour" sky. Your composition is excellent, the strong diagonals leading us into the picture to concentrate on the lowermost storey of the Marker Hotel where, presumably, reception, bars and dining areas are.
This looks (and sounds) a pretty sumptuous and expensive place and you have captured it superbly well. A very good idea, in view of the green lighting, to attempt this shot at night time too.
delpeoples (50717) 2013-12-17 12:15
I remember your previous photos of this area with the fluoro red poles and one taken from inside the hotel (hopefully whilst enjoying a yellow wheat juice). The blue/purple hour is very attractive and it seems the designers of this chequered hotel had that kind of light in mind to bring out the best in the graphism, which this photo has done. I like the angle you chose, which accentuated the effect of the fluoro green river. An excellent low light photo and informative note, as usual.
Cheers, buona serata
marina7 (8033) 2013-12-17 12:33
one more fluorescent shot that grabs my attention tonight, now yours is violently green!:) Great hi-tech feel all over it, beautiful geometrical lines and excellent light management.
Thanks and have a nice evening!
ourania (22868) 2013-12-17 12:45
a very attractive point of view to this remarkable building. The appeal of the architecture is renewed at night with the lovely play of lights and colours that defines its nocturnal aspect. You handled the light and colours very aptly, rendering their qualities and effects superbly. The comnination of colours is rare and fascinating. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
Romano46 (15756) 2013-12-17 13:09
Il verde domina la scena con le sue luci che disegnano uno scenario ricoo di dettagli.
Al colore si associano forme geometriche interessantri e se per una volta abbandoni le tue visioni della vecchia Irlanda e delle sue rovine lo fai a ragion veduta per un aspetto moderno ma altrettanto affascinante.
Ottima la composizione al pare della nitidezza e, parlando di verde, ovviamente anche del colore.
Ciao e buona serata
carlo62 (23828) 2013-12-17 14:05
tu sei la fotocopia del tuo paese, ci offri luoghi storici e luoghi moderni, così come li offre la tua città.
Vista da un occhio esterno come il mio, si ha la sensazione che il tuo paese ha vissuto momenti storici epici, poi si è come addormentato per poi risvegliarsi per affrontare di nuovo la storia odierna.
Tu ci mostri tutti questi passaggi in modo encomiabile.
adidas5nb (4073) 2013-12-17 18:15
like the graphic effect created here.great green color the angle and the shapes and the light make for a great attractive viewing.
jjcordier (70615) 2013-12-17 23:14
Très bonne photo nocturne de cet hôtel à l'architecture particulière et originale.
krzychu30 (14996) 2013-12-18 0:14
great composition,that thanks to this green light takes on a new,more futuristic character.
Really eye-catching,especially in combination with so unique color of the sky.
You had superb idea for this one.It´s very expressive and has excellent graphics!
Have a nice day
pajaran (45613) 2013-12-18 2:07
Interesantan tekst o hotelu sa opisom ...
Lep pogled na hotel i trenutak sa svetlom koje je istaklo lepotu mesta ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, lepo pokazano mesto i trenutak.
Dobar rad u zeleno.
Imajte lep i uspesan dan, sve najbolje.
An interesting article about a hotel with a description ...
A nice view of the hotel and the moment the light that noted the beauty of ...
A good moment shot, nicely shown the place and moment.
Good work in green.
Have a nice and successful day, all the best.
snunney (76508) 2013-12-18 3:10
I have to say that when I saw the thumbnail, I immediately thought of a snooker table, but this is something completely different! The eerie strip of green lighting makes a most unusual and interesting frame for the softer tones of the hotel. I like the repeating motifs of the chequerboard façade, which add a fine graphical feature to the whole image. The shot is well exposed and has very good colours and sharpness.
mirosu (10942) 2013-12-18 3:33
Interesting hotel history. You have made a good attempt here, choosing an excellent lower angle viewpoint for this photo. The light across the buildings is well-controlled; and the colors are excellently balanced. I like the combination of green in foreground and dark blue in BG. Well done.
Subhogen (4049) 2013-12-18 3:36
Superb view of this very modern hotel. The fluorescent green light gives it a very hi-tech feel. Good POV chosen to capture the hotel facade which has interesting architecture. Very aptly titled :-)with an interesting note as always.
Thanks for sharing.
Graal (94194) 2013-12-18 9:26
nice view by night. Interesting modern architecture of hotel building. Good shot and presentation here. Photo I like.
Have a nice evening.
Cricri (97153) 2013-12-18 9:59
Bel angle de prise et de superbe lumières vertes qui ce copie un peu partout dans l'image, bonne profondeur sur le coté, belle réalisation
jcpix (9324) 2013-12-18 16:03
Ahh yes, another one I remember quite well from your collection. Each picture has given us an original perspective and visual, and this follows suite. The vibrant lime green lighting and purple sky make for a wonderful combo. For my tastes, the display of shapes and pattern is a real crowd pleaser here, and the addition of yellowish artificial light has rendered the overall result even more prolific.
Great angle taken as well, taking that perspective on a nice expansion from left to right and filling the frame with the both building and foreground detail. With such an attraction, I'm sure it won't take long to recuperate the 40 million Euro price tag. Like moths to a "zapper," I'm sure tourists will flock just the same to the mesmerizing light! :)
Hmmm, I know have a desire to play some checkers...wonder where that came from?? ha
Cheers from the sunny side,
mesutilgim (76920) 2013-12-19 0:44
Hello dear Noel,
Nice architectorial capture with very good graphical effect and many interesting notes.
TFS and best regards
Sergiom (50762) 2013-12-19 5:00
J'aime l'aspect très moderne de l'immeuble et son illumination toute en vert qui lui donne une beau graphisme ainsi qu'une belle ligne de fuite.
omid266 (2146) 2013-12-19 6:58
Salam Noel ,
Thanks for your helpful notes ,
Also thanks for sharing your fotos with us ,
All is OK , This is really a wonderful foto for me.
Good LUCK !
*** LET PEACE And LOVE PREVAIL IN THE WORLD . ***
Omid from I.R.I
photoray (8514) 2013-12-19 9:19
Interesting modern Irish green, the first floor lobby looks open and inviting, then the checkerboard window pattern.
Reminds me of school that we had to wear green on St. Patrick's Day or risk being pinched. And one cute female did not and perhaps wanted to be pinched???
Royaldevon (24388) 2013-12-20 6:54
This looks like one amazing hotel!
Is the roof bar open to the public?
Love your angled viewpoint, which creates a sense of the water and the hotel merging. Your slow shutter speed has captured the artificial light with great effect, giving it an iridescent glow. It reminds me very much of Blackpool illuminations, though the hotel is rather more upmarket!
Have a great w/e,
macjake (49384) 2013-12-20 12:15
so does it still have the distinction of being the elite hotel in Dublin as planned? or just another really nice hotel?
I guess they enjoy the color green eh?
have you ever seen the rooftop views?
another building in Ireland that seemingly fell apart due to the financial undertakings of the country...at least this one was completed by another company.
emka (68788) 2013-12-20 23:39
hello Noel, Striking green here and interesting chess board facade of this hotel. Nice blue hour shot. I came also here in the late evening and I found it very interesting. Nice place to stay when in Dublin.
I wish you happy Christmas