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Landmark Tower / U2 Studio
Dublin, Ireland

This competition entry was for a mixed-use tower in the newly redeveloping docklands area of Dublin. The program called for residential and office spaces, a recording studio for the rock band U2, as well as parking, bar/restaurant and a nightclub.

The building is conceived as a unique and memorable presence in the urban landscape, a luminous object on a prominent site at the river’s edge. At night, it becomes a beacon of light on the skyline, visible from a distance. The building’s form is perceived differently from various vantage points: it is simultaneously a solid stepped wedge and a dynamically slanted tower. Its glass skin has a shimmering, crystalline quality that mediates between the sky and the surrounding water.