One of Dublin’s most iconic eyesores has come up for rent. The home of the former tax office at Chancery Place is actually called River House but for most of us its probably referred to with a string of far uglier names.
Not everyone pours scorn on the dank looking concrete shell though – the wonderful Built Dublin architecture blog even goes as far to declare a strange grá for the spot.
“River House has always been quite attractive to me, and having visited the two other motor tax offices, the nature of the business seems to cast an inherent ugliness on its surroundings – it’s genuinely hard to imagine Nutgrove’s one being aesthetically appealing, but it’s quite possible I might change my mind if I saw it in photographs or in another country, removed from my own experience. Here, anyway, the attraction is the big, dirty concrete form, the way the plinth steps out to handle the angle of Greek Street and to take in the entrance to the car park.”
One’s mind races when it comes to alternative uses for the spot. Conveniently located around the corner from the notorious Chancery early house, it could have the making of a palace of thumping techno and excess – an idea barred from reality due to its proximity to residential housing no doubt. There’s probably far more useful social functions that it could serve too given the state of our dear city.
So, here’s the question out to the floor. What would you lot do with the place if you had a chance to rent it?
The details are on daft.ie – let us know how your bids go.