Design & Architecture

Our History

Steeped in the old and resonating with the new, The Marker is the newest chapter of a rich history in Dublin's Docklands that spans millennia. Originally a Viking settlement and port, Dublin's character has been shaped by architecture spanning from medieval to modern times.  

Our Name

Our name is literally a mark of respect for one of our greatest inland trade routes, the Grand Canal. The Grand Canal's 82 miles were lined with cast-iron 'markers' and the final marker was right here, in Grand Canal Square. Inspired by the innate Irish love of adventure, travel and trade, our name embodies this rich history, giving it a new sense of place in a contemporary context. 

Our Design

Our architecture draws on the elemental nature of the Irish landscape and combines it with a sleek urban aesthetic, creating an experience that is distinctly Irish and truly inimitable. Inspiration comes from the geometric shapes that exist naturally on our Island, from the rugged Burren Landscape to the unique hexagonal stones of the Giant’s Causeway.

This elemental style is carried right through from the stunning ground floor cocktail bar and Brasserie, through the unique geometric layouts of our 187 luxurious bedrooms, to the stunning Rooftop Bar & Terrace reaching across the cityscape, to the wild natural beauty of the mountains and the sea.

McCauley Daye O’Connell Architects developed the design of The Marker Hotel and Residences from the original competition-winning design by Aires Mateus & Associados Architects for “Grand Canal Square Hotel”. Construction work started on The Marker in 2005 and following a change of ownership was completed in April 2013. Rising up from the rich urban heartland of the Dublin Docklands, our hotel slots seamlessly into one of the most vibrant cultural hubs of Dublin City. Modern, fresh and contemporary in design - The Marker's clean lines resonate with neighbouring Bord Gáis Energy Theatre and Grand Canal Square itself which was designed by Martha Schwartz.


Art at The Marker 

Art is an intrinsic part of the Marker experience. Drawn from the creative pedigree of some of Ireland’s most celebrated artists, we’ve carefully selected pieces of art to surprise, challenge and pique your curiosity. There’s something really special about Enda Cavanagh’s dramatic landscapes, which capture a quality of light found only in Ireland. Barry McColl’s haunting portrait of Saoirse Ronan lends a more ethereal touch. And if you happen upon Dorothy Cross’s ‘Ghostship’ at night, you’ll see it glow through the darkness.

We’ve chosen a mix of different media, from photography to prints and oils. Explore for yourself and, if you like what you see, we can help you find your own piece of art to bring home.

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