THE CENTRAL BUS STATION IN DUBLIN [DESIGNED BY MICHAEL SCOTT]
Today Luas trams stop at Busáras every three minutes during peak times.
A few days ago I came across a series of comments online complaining that 'civil servants' have their own private cinema at Busáras. They and others appear to be unaware that the Eblana, originally intended as a newsreel venue, was open to the public as a theatre venue from 1959 to 1995. I visited the theatre a number of times and it was restricted because of its size.
Busáras was designed by Michael Scott and his team of young architects and designers between 1945 and 1953. It was built against a background of public opposition which centred on the external appearance, function and excessive cost – over £1,000,000 before completion in 1953. Simultaneously loathed by some of the populace and loved by architectural purists, the building was designed in an International Modern style between 1945 and 1953. A number of the original fixtures and fittings designed by Scott still exist, including terrazzo floor tiles, and large timber wall panels.
One of the first modern buildings in Dublin that attempted to integrate art and architecture, utilising elements like glass facades and a pavilionised top storey, the building won the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) Triennial Gold medal in 1955.