Tara St is fairly wide - the buildings around are ca 10 stories+Ground Level - I think 10 storeys +GL is fine with direct frontage onto the street. I’d make sure it was set back from the Poolbeg st corner to avoid the ‘canyon’ feel that Hawkins House imposed on Poolbeg St . People forget that the reason for not having clusters of massive buildings in the city centre is that the streets are so narrow. A single tall building can be fine (Liberty Hall can get away with it because it is the only tall building and is essentially open on two sides - the river and Beresford place). I think we could have taller buildings if we widened streets - even just by setting buildings back behind some public space. But since we won’t do that we can only build a small number of tall buildings in a limited number of places.
The classic example of this is Mount St Lower where new buildings were built on either side of the road, they’re of modest height - 3 or 4 stories - but they were built right up to the edge of their sites giving a claustrophobic effect - setting these back even 20 feet from the road would probably have allowed 6 or 8 storey buildings to be built with a less damaging effect.
The planners get blamed for this - but it’s really the NIMBYs - they focus on the height rather than the positioning.
Look at Grand Canal Dock - which was a NIMBY free zone - most of the buildings are in the 7/8 storey range but the streets and pavements are wide enough to make them seem proportional and not unreasonably tall.
I’m in favour of much greater density in Dublin - not only in the City but also in suburbs well served by public transport. I’d happily see every house in Temple Road demolished and replaced by well landscaped 6 storey apartment blocks all within five minutes walk of the Luas. However you have to pick your battles. I think the Docklands will provide us with considerable office and apartment space well into the future but it will only be successful if we provide the necessary infrastructure - public transport, shops, schools, recreational space and facilities. That’s what planning should be giving us - but I suspect that that is not what we as a public want and we have forced the politicians to reflect our me feinism and to ensure that proper planning is an impossibility.
The Government says it wants to pack a city of 1.4m people between the mountains , the plains of Kildare and the sea. It’s very easily done except the people and the politicians want a village of 1.4m people - which can be done (we’re kind of doing it now) - but it won’t function as either a village or a city - it’ll be a mess (which it is already and we haven’t even got to the 1.4m) .