With Dublin now suffering from major urban sprawl many developers are proposing building higher buildings. This makes sense but should have been started years ago before most of the greenbelt around the city was converted in bland, soulless housing estates.
The U2 Tower, is a proposed landmark skyscraper, due to be constructed in Dublin (so called because of the involvement of U2 the rock band):
The U2 Tower will be built in the South Docklands at the corner of Sir John Rogerson's Quay and Britain Quay by a unique meeting point of the River Liffey, the River Dodder, and the Grand Canal.
The design was announced on October 12 2007 is by Foster and Partners (some of their other projects include Greystones New Quarter in Ireland, Millennium Bridge in London, Millau Viaduct Bridge in France to mention but a few.)
The proposed Tower will consist of luxury apartments, with a public viewing platform at 100m, just below an egg-shaped pod that will be U2's recording studio. Above this is an "energy centre" containing wind turbines and a large solar panel. The building will straddle the end of Sir John Rogerson's quay, allowing traffic to pass through its base.
The height has been reported at 120 metres or 180 metres, either of which would make it the tallest building in Ireland.
Construction is expected to begin in 2008 and end in 2011, at a cost of €200m.
Hopefully this is the new direction development will take in Dublin - but with the current economical slow down it is probably too little - too late.