Emrys in Dublin


In June, we went on an office trip to Dublin. The aim? To disconnect, discover new architecture, learn from the old, wander around the city, in good company, with good food, and… Guinness.

We explored the impressive Trinity College and its surroundings and dodged into the buildings to avoid the rain. We walked through the Georgian district – Dublin is home to hundreds of three-storey townhouses that form the edges that make up the squares and character of the area.

Buildings such as the National Gallery of Ireland, with its extension by architects Benson & Forsyth and the Dublin City Gallery (The Hugh Lane) where they have recreated Francis Bacon’s studio, were also part of our tour.

We walked along the Liffey River and the docklands where you can still feel the hustle and bustle of the boats transporting goods. An interesting space is the one generated around the Grand Canal which has a vibrant atmosphere similar to that found in Central Europe. New buildings including The Marker Hotel designed by Aires Mateus sit with more traditional buildings such as Bolands Mill, a protected site made up of a number of buildings including two 19th Century six-storey stone warehouse buildings.

After a good deal of walking, we stopped by the Guinness Storehouse and learnt about the production process, its history, and of course, tasted a pint or two of Guinness at the Gravity Bar.

Traditional Irish pubs and excellent restaurants with locally sourced food finished off with a visit to the Jameson Distillery added to the cultural experience.