PAC Studio are pleased to have Planning Approval for a proposed elderly housing neighbourhood on the site of a former quarry. This unique geological context is integrated with the design of the housing to make a series of sheltered, communal gardens, places to meet and grow. The prefabricated concrete frame is formed as a stack of precast walls and floors, with large and generous balconies running across the full width of each apartment. These terraces make further opportunities for the residents to personalise their dwellings, and to share in the life of the communal gardens.
See more at community-housing-louth
Emerging design strategy on our project for an older person’s residential community in South County Dublin. The pinwheel arrangement of the site plan anchors the proposed residential accommodation to the existing garden walls and courtyards, to organise a series of unique living spaces within this natural setting.
Our proposed social and affordable housing project for Drogheda has been developing over recent months as a specifically elderly housing community. Working with a private developer and a Housing Association, we are to deliver 66 essential new dwellings within this former quarry site for the Local Authority. The project includes community facilities at the ground floor, with a hard landscaped communal space threading under and through three buildings to connect a series of sheltered courtyard gardens. Construction documentation is currently being prepared in advance of commencing on site later this summer.
Through our own process of collaborative yet remote working, PAC Studio have recently completed the construction documentation for the refurbishment of a city centre office complex in Dublin. The project brief required a series of interview, meeting and conference areas around atria and existing circulation cores. The key design strategy in creating the interior atmosphere are layers of timber screens as lining to walls, ceilings and floors to visually and physically connect the key circulation routes through the 5 storey building.
Works are expected to commence on site this summer.
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We have successfully obtained a grant of planning permission for our apartment proposal in Donabate. This project is part of a larger site, with the terraced housing already well underway on site as shown below; we now look forward to developing the complete project to construction stage this summer.
We are delighted to be on site this spring overseeing the restoration works to the Visitor’s Centre at the John F Kennedy Arboretum, surrounded by over 4,500 different species of trees and shrubs – the perfect location for a perfect timber post and beam design. Thanks to the Office of Public Works for the opportunity to help with the necessary repairs.
PAC Studio explored the copper coast of County Waterford last week, for an exciting new project for the Coastal Rescue Service. The stunning views from the headland are set against the rugged qualities of the climate. The tangible presence of copper in the rocks adds to this fascinating, primal context for the project.
We are getting busier here at PAC Studio with a number of housing projects at the design stage, along with some interesting new workplace and healthcare projects. This summer, we are pleased to welcome Emmett Doyle on his return from a period working in London, and Raquel Figueiredo, an experienced Brazilian architect who was previously working in Sao Paulo. You can learn more about their background here
The results of the Islandbridge Competition to connect Lutyens’ War Memorial Gardens to the Pheonix Park across the River Liffey was announced this week, with an exhibition of all 61 entries from across the globe.
More details of the proposal can be seen here: Irish War Memorial Bridge.
More details on the competitions on the RIAI website here.
To end the week on a high, the team at PAC Studio joined the SPAB visit to Gandon’s Four Courts in Dublin to see the remarkable conservation work ongoing at the concrete dome installed around 100 years ago. Although the shell of concrete is only 150mm thick, the mass is impacting on the structural integrity of the stone support columns. These are being carefully assessed and replaced as necessary, with the utmost attention to detail. Most breathtaking was the interior of the dome, painted in a cobalt blue protective paint, highlighted with an astral sky of gold. Thanks to our Jessica Lange and all at SPAB for the invitation and organisation, and for the insights shared by Hegarty’s team on site.