Sunlight Chambers, Dublin 2
Designed as Dublin offices for Lord Lever (of Lever Brothers), by the Liverpool architect Edward Ould who also designed Port Sunlight.
Built in a romantic Italianate style with its wide overhanging eaves, tiled roof, and arcaded upper floors, the building boasts one of the most unusual architectural features in Dublin - two multicoloured terracotta friezes depicting the history of hygiene.
Until recently these friezes were quite dirty but a restoration last year restored the building to its multicoloured brilliance.
The building met with resistance from architects in Dublin at the time due to the fact that a foreign architect had been hired (Lutyens also had this problem around this time). Upon its completion, ‘The Irish Builder' referred to it as the ugliest building in Dublin, while a few years later the same journal called it ‘pretentious and mean'.
Around the corner on the quay facade, there is a strange little hiberno-romanesque detail which seems at odds with the rest of the building.
The colourful, Italianate-styled building, at the corner of Parliament Street and Essex Quay, is one of Dublin's most unusual and best-loved buildings.
Over the past 10 years I spend an average of 190 nights per annum in hotels throughout Europe and the USA, and the Trinity is my favourite hotel of all! The friendly staff and the accommodation make for an enjoyable stay.
Really nice hotel, staff very helpful. Bed very comfy and rooms nice and warm, would recommend it to all.