by Oriana Kraemer
First week in Ireland and I am still haunted by the Netherlands. It seems not only the Chinese are interested in historic Dutch canal house architecture. I discovered this curious eclectic housing block named La Rochelle (!) on Lamb Alley, Christchurch, Dublin.
The historicised “Dutch” gables sit on a rustic Irish looking stone wall that covers a parking garage. A strange symbiosis. But to be fair – the detailing of the “Dutch” facade is not bad, even the masonry looks authentic. The architects were clever enough to use a Flemish bond as opposed to a stretcher, the most common treacherous mistake of hitoricised architecture.
Zoomed in on Google maps though, the back facade appears pretty standard and seems to have difficulties to meet the pitched roofs. Unfortunately I couldn’t find out more about the building as my internet search only resulted in flight offers between La Rochelle (France) and Dublin..