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, 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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
All change in Cork City.