The Casino at Marino in Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland | Building

The Casino at Marino In Dublin, Ireland was designed by Scottish architect Sir William Chambers for James Caulfield, the 1st Earl of Charlemont.  It was started in the late 1750s and finished around 1775. It is a small but perfect example of Neo-Classical architecture in the gardens of the now demolished Marino House. Chambers was proud of his work, never completed Building due to work commitments in England.
The rather odd (by Irish standards) name The Casino at Marino is derived from Italian which literally translates to 'The small house by the small sea'. Slightly pretentious, yes, but that was the taste of the time. Regarded by many as the most important Neo-Classical Building in Ireland, The Casino at Marino is only fifty feet square to the outer columns, taking the form of a Greek Cross with a pair of columns framing each projecting elevation. Seen from the outside, the Building has the appearance of a single-roomed structure, with a large panelled door on the north elevation and a single large window on each of the other elevations. It's all an illusion, however, The Casino at Marino,actually has 16 rooms on three floors. Only two of the panels in the front door open, and the panes of glass in the windows are subtly curved, disguising the partitioning which allows what looks like a single window to serve several separate rooms. The curves also serve to act as one-way-mirrors,  you can see out of the front window looking towards Dublin and the mountains, but if you try to look in, you just see reflections of the sky and garden.  Inside is full of mouldings based on Roman and Greek mythology, with lots of other architectural tricks.

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Cherrymount Crescent, Malahide Road, Marino
Dublin
Leinster
Ireland
+353 1 8331618
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