Stylishly taking the inside out

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The terrace at Cork’s River Lee hotel, before the renovation, appeared sterile and cold

The days of ashtrays bolted beside the pub’s front door are gone. Outside spaces are now places we want to be, writes Stephen Bourke

In 2004 the smoking ban arrived and the hospitality sector’s response was expedient, utilitarian, and often literally bolted onto the wall. But now we’re starting to see bolder, integrated design that makes it appealing to be out of doors.

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