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County Hall, Carrigrohane Road, Cork, Cork City
20865055
View from south west
Reg. No.20865055
Date1965 - 1970
Previous NameN/A
TownlandFARRANMACTEIGE
CountyCork City
Coordinates165052, 71227
Categories of Special InterestARCHITECTURAL HISTORICAL SOCIAL TECHNICAL
RatingRegional
Original Usetown/county hall
In Use Astown/county hall
 
Description
Detached rectangular-plan seventeen-storey county hall, built 1968, with six-storey extension to east c.2005. Metal windows forming continuous glazing to each floor, separated by concrete horizontal bands. Metal glazed doors to ground floor. Originally constructed with a concrete exterior frame, re-clad with louvered glass cladding and concrete parapet and glazed pavilion added to top storey, 2002-6. Glazed Two copper statues by sculptor Oisin Kelly to front (north) of site erected 1969. Limestone date plaque to east. Paved area to front of site. Set back from road.

Appraisal

Cork County Hall was designed by Patrick Mc Sweeney and opened in 1969. For many years it stood as the tallest building in Ireland at 67m until it was eclipsed by The Elysian, built in the city centre in 2008. Its construction represented a changing attitude in 1960s Ireland, with the embracing of international architectural styles and the use of new materials allowing for a radical departure in architecture. The bronze sculpture, by Oisin Kelly, depicting two men admiring the finished project, adds much to its setting and context. Though the disintegration of the concrete led to its re-cladding in the last decade, the building has continued in its original use and remains a focal point and landmark structure in Cork city and county.
 
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