One Albert Quay, before and after images of the buildings that stood there

Changing Faces

Since I moved to Cork in 2002 the city has seen alot of changes, including a new motorway linking it all the way to Dublin,ย  the construction of the Elysian Tower and the development of the Boardwalk by the River Lee.

Back in December 2013 I was taken by the sight of a peeling wooden frontage to one of the old warehouses bordering the quays – Albert Quay to be precise.

Dock Door on Red
Dock Door on Red

Not long after that, the demolition crew moved in to make way for a gleaming new office building. The peeling paint has gone and shining metal and glass stand in its place.

The straight lines of One Albert Quay in Cork City
Straight Lines

There is nothing soft or warming about this building, just straight lines and polish – even the car parked in front of the building is all angles and straight lines.

The building fits in well with the other modern buildings that line the opposite bank of this channel of the River Lee, as can be seen in the building’s own reflection (below).

Cork City's new buildings full of sharp straight lines
More Straight Lines

Here is the new One Albert Quay from the other side of the river:


Of course there is much activity around the new building, fitters complete the job, while office workers march to and fro like a stream of busy ants.

Office workers enter One Albert Quay in Cork City and new modern office development.
Glass, Chrome and polish

So there we have it, this is the new One Albert Quay in Cork City – plenty of reflections in the glass for me and my camera to play with, but somehow lacking the character and history of the old.

One Albert Quay, before and after images of the buildings that stood there
Changing Faces of Cork City

All change in Cork City.


23 thoughts on “Changing Faces

  1. The old building looked way nicer, I love old wood and I always wanted to live in a house that looks like that. But I probably need to live in something ‘normal’

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  2. First I was attracted by the photo (How was this taken?) Then, I really enjoy reading this post. There will be a lot of new buildings in this town too. I better take some photos before it’s too late ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for sharing.
    Have a great day.

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    1. Helen, thanks so much for your comments and glad you enjoyed the post. Best get on out there a capture what is about to be history I guess ๐Ÿ˜Ž. The composite image was done using photo shop layers.

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      1. Yes…all is well. I’ve been following; but quiet on commenting….just like looking.
        Working on my blog from time to time– when you get a chance stop by….I’ve updated the format.

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    1. It jumped out at me as something to do to emphasise the change – use tow pictures taken at the same place and make a composite. Glad you like the effect Sue. JOhn ๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ˜˜


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