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.
We are currently seeking to expand our team, and welcome applications from architectural graduates or recently qualified architects (perhaps looking to return to Ireland after time abroad) with a strong appetite to develop professionally within an award-winning practice. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to gain significant experience of working on all stages of private and public housing, workplace, healthcare and conservation projects, having direct involvement with our clients, consultants and contractors. We are particularly interested in candidates with a passion for environmental design and well-crafted architecture, who can use their initiative in contributing to the development of a range of projects within a design studio environment. Excellent sketching, modelling, presentation and communication skills will be a requisite; a working knowledge of Archicad BIM will be a distinct advantage. This is a long term position for those seeking an opportunity to build a career at an exciting time for PAC Studio. Applications by mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by post to our Studio in Fumbally Court, Dublin 8.
We enjoyed revisiting the courtyard mews house in Rathmines this week, in particular the qualities of light that low winter sun brings under the glass bridge and the changing reflections and transparencies in the glazed screens, from dusk to dawn. See more at Courtyard Mews.
Another year draws to a close, and we will be taking a well-earned break over the festive season. Thanks to all our clients and collaborators over the past year – we are back in action from Thursday January 3rd.