Dublin’s Grand Old Bus Hub Busarás Has Turned 70

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Busáras is celebrating 70 years since it first opened its doors. In 1953, it was the first post-war office construction in Europe.

The architecture of the famous bus station is world-renowned, despite criticism of the exterior at the time of construction.

Busáras, or Áras Mhic Dhiarmada, designed by Michael Scott, is a modernist building of great renown and importance according to several architectural experts and commentators.

The central bus station also doubles up as headquarters of the Department of Social Protection.

It was built amid the backdrop of strong public opposition which focused on the external appearance, function and excessive cost – over £1,000,000.

Busáras received international acclaim upon completion. Architectural Design declared it one of the masterpieces of modern architecture in 1953.

The building won the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) Triennial Gold medal in 1955.

While it may be dated in technical terms, it remains one of Dublin’s most interesting buildings, a worthy neighbour to Custom House.

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