"U2 to build tallest tower in Ireland
Bono and his band will work out of an egg-shaped studio at the top of building designed by Norman Foster
Wednesday October 17, 2007
Having seemingly tired of both rock'n'roll and international politicking, U2 are preparing to expand their portfolio of activities even further by erecting a €200m (£139m) skyscraper in their native Dublin, a building set to be called the U2 Tower.
The landmark structure will be the tallest building in Ireland and will be located in the docklands area of Dublin, where the band are from. As well as featuring apartments, expected to sell for as much as €1.5m (£1m), it will house the U2's egg-shaped recording studio at its peak.
Bono, The Edge, Larry Mullen and Adam Clayton were among those who helped to choose renowned architect Norman Foster, best known for his Gherkin building in central London, to design the 120-metre building.
The docklands area of Dublin has long been a run-down part of the city, and it is hoped that the U2 Tower will help regenerate the area. Work on the skyscraper will begin next year. It is scheduled to be completed in 2011.