Corners of Dublin
The Instagram account with a simple yet brilliant new way to look at the buildings of Dublin
There's no shortage of Instagram accounts documenting the streets and buildings in old Dublin town but the Instagram account of Corners of Dublin immediately got our attention for one very simple reason - everything that is not the building itself is blacked out.
The effect of this was to make the building look almost like model, where, without the distraction of whatever is going on around it, you really start notice the quirks and details. It is such a simple idea and we found ourselves noticing things we hadn’t seen before about buildings that we pass every day.
We met Peter Staniszewski, the man behind The Corners of Dublin project to ask him more about his project. We also asked him to take 6 buildings in one particular area and tell us a bit about why he chose them. He chose the Dublin docklands and here's what he had to say
Peter Staniszewski out hunting for buildings
Corners of Dublin was established as an Instagram account, primarily as a way of presenting the forgotten and unique beauty of Dublin’s architecture.
I began my creative adventure on the history-laden Docklands area of Dublin. The docklands has been melted down and resculpted in some areas far beyond previous recognition, but it is the empty buildings, the neglected nooks and crannies that intrigued me and sparked my interest, after all, the spotlight should occasionally shine on the old too.
City Arts Centre
The City Arts Centre was the image that triggered and shaped the very idea of black surrounding space- the corner store and USP of Corners of Dublin. I began my adventure one yellow tinted dusk at the corner of City Quay and Moss Street, the cracked and faded facade of a shuttered three-storey building just crying out for attention. Some might know it as the former home of the City Arts community project, a building that from 1988- 2003 hosted plays, exhibitions and workshops,- a place once immersed fully in talent, life and opportunities for all of those who passed through its doors.
Bolands Flour Mills
My next Docklands stop was the beautiful Bolands mill. Whilst some may argue that its location gives it a prime staging in itself, I felt an urgent need to remove the modern landscape that has crept all around it in boom time years. A long forgotten scene of the 1916 rising, the mill was claimed by Eamon de Valera for the Irish Republic. Now, in what feels like far more than 100 years, it is in the early stages of redevelopment, the promise of new life and stories glimmering somewhere on the horizon.
Warehouse at North Wall
Warehouses are a staple of the Docklands and this 19th century building is a classically beautiful example of this. Intricate brickwork, immaculate symmetry and still in strikingly good condition, this is the very bones and foundation of Corners of Dublin. Once I has plunged this warehouse into its surrounding black matter, the question of what history has played out within these scarlet walls chased around my head for days after,
Dublin General Warehousing at North Wall
Once the home of an oil company, this diminutive jaded beauty of a building, it's age and neglect merely highlighted by its garish, newly developed neighbours, it was the colour, structure and age induced character of the building that drew me in and spurred me on to continue with my docklands discoveries
Once a thumping powerhouse of DJ fuelled partying, the Columbia Mills is an glimmering example of the old flawlessly accommodating the new- in this care, a large global advertising tech company called Emuse. Almost perfectly preserved, all minute details from the retro influenced lettering and the pastel colour palette to the very moulding of the roof and how it melts into the square below it all add up to something very special. British and Irish Steam Packet Company Sitting inconspicuously on Sir Rogerson’s Quay since 1909, this regal rectangular piece of history is a classic example of beauty slipping into unconsciousness when surrounded by those newer, fresher and more modernized, as is becoming the norm on the quickly evolving Quays of Dublin’s fair city. I see Corners of Dublin in this instance and indeed, all of the above instances, as my contribution to the preservation of a past so classically, meticulously and proudly built that we are unlikely ever to see such art and lives again around any of Dublin’s corners....