Where does your Dublin take you…

posted on 24th Jul 2018 by Xat Houatchanthara

Why not take a moment on your next commute into Dublin city to really take in your surroundings, you may be surprised…

Dublin city is making a statement with its architecture! Mixing the old with the new or just standing tall and beautiful, Dublin City architecture has a lot to be proud of. As a designer, I am always on the lookout for creative, inspirational design. Design that may not please everyone but will make a statement for unique reasons of its own, be it for its aesthetic or its functionality or the sheer braveness of its composition.

Here’s some of Dublin’s finest on my journey to work…

The Customs House

Designed by the renowned architect James Gandon, the Customs House stands proudly on the River Liffey. Take a moment to really appreciate the grandness of this design and its impact on its surroundings, most notably the modern day Irish Financial services centre. And the juxtaposition between old and new, creating an architectural landscape design that is both rich and layered and merges past and present day.

The very impressive new VHI building by MDO Architects


Respecting and preserving architectural heritage, the new VHI building transforms Abbey Street – cocooning at the old church hall and former lecture theatre in a ‘glass and metal exoskeleton structure’ whilst wrapping around the main church to connect with their current building.

The glitzy cashless Central Bank by HJL


Standing tall and confident in Dublin’s docklands, the new Central Bank HQ is a sculptural piece. The building glistens with the reflection golden triangle harmonies with the River Liffey.

What’s to come…


Xat Houatchanthara – Creative Director Visual Communications

Xat has specialised in building brands, from inception through to rollout to creating complex brand guidelines. In his role as Creative Director, Xat immerses himself in the complete branding process, acting as your brand guardian throughout each project, combining fresh, dynamic design concepts with sharp implementation.