Grand Canal Square is located at the west end of Grand Canal Dock with one side facing out on to the water. The recently completed tinted glass office building designed by Duffy Mitchell O'Donoghue - No.1 Grand Canal Square - is on the south side, with the Daniel Libeskind designed Grand Canal Theatre on the east side and the Manual Aires Matues designed 5-star hotel on the north side of the Square.
Described by the Sunday Times as a building that will “bring the champagne fizz back into architecture in Dublin ”, Manuel Aires Mateus’s luxury hotel, plus 94 hotel residences, plays a vital role in the dynamic of the new Grand Canal Square. Referencing, through form and material, the dramatic landscape and primordial architecture of Ireland, the building features a dramatic lobby that has been designed as if it was excavated from rock inspired by the Giant’s Causeway.
The hotel which was supposed to have been completed in 2008 remains unoccupied at present and I cannot find out what is to happen to the building.