The Casino de Marino is a 1750 building, built in Dublin, Ireland. It is a kind of Italian “house”, designed by the Scottish architect William Chambers for James Caulfield, 1st Earl of Charlemont. The latter had literally fallen under the spell of Italian construction and decided to have one built in his home, in his garden in Dublin. The construction is wildly excessive, designed in a pure neo-classical style.
If you are looking for an example of totally crazy and atypical architecture in Ireland, look no further: there is the Casino of Marino. It is the most famous neo-classical building on the green island! First of all because it was built by the British Crown architect, but also because it is a clever mix of simplicity and complexity.
Starting with the vision of its façade! The house is rather small by the way, and its external facade suggests the existence of a single room, guarded by a rather austere entrance. But that’s what the construction is all about: don’t be fooled by appearances! The house has no less than 16 rooms spread over 3 floors! Among them, let’s count:
The interior decoration is in total excess! Most of the rooms have stucco ceilings, wooden floors, mosaics, trompe l’oeil, white marble fireplaces… All in a profoundly Italian style!
The windows facing the outside have the particularity of reflecting the light so that it is impossible for people to see what is going on inside the house!
Finally, the roof is decorated with funeral urns… A curiosity that brings a certain panache to the construction!
Count about 45 minutes for a complete visit of the house and its rooms. You will learn more about the life of James Caulfield, his love for Iralia, and the history of the construction of the house.