Dublin is a dynamic city. It has a deep-rooted, ancient history. And although times have changed and the metropolis is a trendy modern-day city, shadows of its primitive past exist still.
Over time, old-world architecture and contemporary styles have fused. Today, Dublin’s cityscape is varied and eclectic, often marrying classic design with modern lines. And then, oftentimes, some buildings are just downright random.
Here are the top five most unusual looking buildings in Dublin.
5. Kiosk, Adelaide Road – the random entry
Dublin locals will be familiar with this entry. Standing on the corner of the canal in Dublin, just off Adelaide Road is the Kiosk.
Michael Moynihan designed this little brick kiosk in 1929. Its original purpose was to house a water pressure station, public toilets and a small newsagents kiosk. In addition, Moynihan built the public toilet blocks at Stephen’s Green.
The building itself is charming yet random thus making its way onto our list of unusual looking buildings in Dublin. Over the years it has been mostly a coffee shop and café. With its protected landmark status, fans of this unique Dublin building can rest assured it won’t be going anywhere, any time soon.
It is currently Perch Coffee and is open as a speciality coffee café to locals and tourists six days a week (closes Sundays).
Address: The Kiosk, Leeson Street Lower, Dublin, D02 NY60, Ireland
4. Utility building, Clontarf – for modernity
This curious looking building sits on the seafront in Clontarf on the coastal road that links Dublin city centre to Howth Village.
The structure has always borne some mystique, given its closed to the public. Designed by De Paor Architects, the building – which is in fact, a wastewater management unit – won the Irish Architecture Regional Award in 2004.
It is captivating with a modern, somewhat futuristic structure. Its copper finish mimics the seaside and green surroundings. Weathered by age, its facade shoots off glimmers of nautical shades in the sun.
Location: Utility building, Clontarf, Dublin 3, Ireland
3. Aviva Stadium – for an ultimate match
The Aviva Stadium is the newer, state-of-the-art stadium which replaced the former Landsdowne Road stadium in Dublin.
Building commenced on the Aviva Stadium in 2007. The centre now is large enough to welcome up to 51,700 fans (all seated).
The stadium first opened its doors as Aviva Stadium on 14 May 2010 and has welcomed thousands of fans and sports teams since. It is also significant in Dublin as it is one of the most interesting buildings in the capital.
The state-of-the-art facility jumps off the pages, with humble Dublin as its backdrop. The bowl-shaped stadium is quite a sight for sore eyes from a bird’s eye view, dominating the landscape. And, its futuristic bubble-effect is something which has earned the title of one of the top five most unusual looking buildings in Dublin.
Address: Lansdowne Rd, Dublin 4, Ireland
2. The Convention Centre, Dublin – for a big event
Sitting on the River Liffey in the heart of the city is The Convention Centre Dublin (CCD). This is a contemporary entertainment, event and meeting facility in the centre of the capital city.
The impressive and modern structure pierces the landscape with its ultra-futuristic appearance, in comparison to Dublin’s older and more classic facades. Its intricate design resulted in The Convention Centre lying under construction from 1998 until 2010.
The Convention Centre Dublin is designed by award-winning American-Irish architect Kevin Roche. More so, it was shortlisted by the Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards for the Engineering Project of the Year, 2010.
The CCD is a momentous build in the world of architecture. It has a full glass façade, curved walls and impressive lighting schemes. The centre was also named the first carbon-neutral convention centre in the world.
Address: Spencer Dock, N Wall Quay, North Wall, Dublin 1, D01 T1W6, Ireland
1. Casino at Marino – the hidden gem
The Casino at Marino is a hidden gem of architecture located in Dublin. It is a random structure against a standard Dublin backdrop. The building was designed by a Scottish architect named William Chambers and it was built between the 1750s – 1775.
The building is importantly considered the preeminent Neo-Classical building in Ireland. It boasts Greek columns and has the most curious play on illusions.
From the outside, the small building appears to be miniature. But what visitors will be surprised to find is that it actually consists of 16 rooms over three floors.
This Georgian surprise is now run by the Office of Public Works and can be viewed by members of the public. Note: Currently, the Casino at Marino is closed for maintenance.
Address: Cherrymount Cres, Marino, Dublin 3, Ireland