If life were perfect, I’d be living in a penthouse apartment overlooking The Grand Canal Dock with its theater – designed by legendary architect Daniel Libeskind, also responsible for The Holocaust Museum (Berlin) and the winning design for the new World Trade Center in New York City – and square designed by the masterful minds at Martha Schwartz Partners. This public space has everything you could ever dream of. From a supermarket, to a local bakery, several restaurants, a barbershop and the theater of thought provoking and illuminating vision, to residential and office buildings of intriguing modern quality.
The area sits in a former derelict space in the Dublin docklands. Thankfully, through the efforts of investors, visionaries, and local support, the colorful and cheerful space is available for everyone to enjoy at any time of the day or night. The Grand Canal Dock can’t be missed, for it gives the visitor a true sensory experience of Dublin in the 21st century.
I suggest you go there by foot from city centre. Walk along the River Liffey on the North bank, heading east, where you will stumble upon other interesting places such as the IFSC, and the CHQ Building. Eventually, cross the bridge that’s shaped like a harp (Dublin’s newest cityscape addition) onto the south bank and continue East to let your eyes feast on the colors, angles and textures that will slowly unravel before you.