Central Bank Building from 1978 to 2017
The Central Bank of Ireland on Dame Street was designed by architect Sam Stephenson in 1980. It has attracted a lot of criticism both for its height and original roofline as it contravened planning permission within Dublin’s city center. The building is highly unique because it is one of a handful of buildings in the world where the structure uses suspensions held from its center. During construction, each floor was built at ground level and then hoisted up with all the fittings and services already in place. Internally, the offices are lit by floor to ceiling glazing which helps give the buildings its bold striped appearance. US property giant Hines and its Hong Kong partner Peterson were seeking permission for a €75 million redevelopment which will include a 300-seat rooftop restaurant.
Freestanding multiple-bay seven-storey bank and office building over concealed basement, supported on double-height pedestal, built 1971-78. Hipped copper-clad roof. Granite faced concrete walls, supported on external steel hangers. Granite faced concrete walls to pedestal with coffered concrete soffits. Continuous recessed glazing panels. Glazed entrance screen to front (south) elevation, having cirular glass enclosures with curved fascia and raised lettering, containing revolving doors. Recessed square-headed door opening having double-leaf glazed doors. Concrete entrance platform, approached by two splayed flights of steps with mild steel handrails. Situated to north side of Dame Street with plaza to street. Sculpture to plaza by E. O’Doherty. Later security railings added to base of building.
The Central Bank with its dramatic outline and emphatic roofline is one of the most prominent buildings in the city. Controversial at the time of its construction, it is now regarded as a landmark. Designed by architect Sam Stephenson of Stephenson Gibney & Associates, construction was completed in latter part of 1978. Its construction was technically innovative, attesting to the level of skill attained in civil engineering and design in the latter half of the century. The two reinforced concrete service cores were cast using mechanically raised shuttering. These carry the roof structure from which the floors are hung. The floors, which were fully assembled at ground level, were hoisted into place. One side of the entrance plaza was created by the rebuilding of the eighteenth century Commercial Buildings turned at a right angle to its original position. The functional, sparsely ornamented aesthetic of the block is characteristic of International Modernism, as is the transparency of structure and horizontal emphasis created by the continuous glazing.
Dublin became the European City of Culture in 1991, the Board of the Central Bank of Ireland decided to utilise the space around the Central Bank for a large scale sculpture which would enhance this popular meeting area for the people of Dublin. A major national competition was organised for the Central Bank by the Sculptors’ Society of Ireland and a shortlist of 20 of Ireland’s leading sculptors were invited to make proposals. Éamonn O’Doherty was commissioned to make this piece for the Central Bank Plaza off Dame Street in Dublin 2 in 1991.
The Sculpture called “Crann an Óir” (Tree of Gold) was commissioned to mark Dublin’s year as European City of Culture in 1991. The work is comprised of a formalised tree in gilded bronze surrounded by a sectioned building in Wicklow granite.
Chart Central Bank Dame Street
Central Bank Building Dame St Dame St, Dublin 2, D02 ET25
Facing Direction : 172 Degrees
Period : 6
Facing Trigram : KUN
Facing 24 Mountain : Wei
Facing Element : Fire
Facing Sector : 2
Floats Path : Ascending/Descending
Facing Compass : S1 – L
Sitting Direction : 352 Degrees
Period : 4
Sitting Trigram : KAN
Sitting 24 Mountain : Ren
Sitting Element : Water
Sitting Sector : 1
Floats Path : Ascending/Descending
Sitting Compass : N1 – X