Powerscourt Shopping Centre, Dublin
OK, OK, it was not built as a shopping centre, but built as a town house and office for Lord Powerscourt, the 3rd Viscount (1730-1788). It was designed by Robert Mack from granite mined from the Powerscourt estate in Co. Wicklow. This cost him the grand sum of £80,000.
You would be pushed to buy a dog kennel for that in Dublin nowadays.
The building was designed around a central couryard, and this has been converted to a fine atrium space in recent years, allowing access on several levels to the speciality shops.
The architecture is still regared as one of the finest examples of this type of style, and is apparantly still studed by students of architecture.
The main entrance still retains some of the fitting and style of an impressive townhouse.
Powerscourt Shopping Centre is a lovely shopping mall in an old townhouse just off Grafton Street. The town house was built in 1774 Lord Powerscourt. It was turned into a shopping mall more than two centuries later.
There's mostly expensive craft shops, galleries and some cafes inside. Very stylish and very different from your normal shopping centre. Free public toilets are on the upper floor.