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 email@example.com, 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.
PAC Studio continue to develop strategies for new housing solutions with this project at the western edge of Dublin. The apartment complex includes south-facing living spaces to all dwellings. The arrangement of the three blocks of accommodations is designed to ensure that overshadowing is avoided.
A series of landscaped gardens run through the site between the three buildings, rising to the tallest element on the corner facing the existing High Street. The mass of the blocks variously responds to the contexts of the 3 adjacent streets in terms of scale, using set-backs and indentations to break down the volume of the proposals in relation to the neighbouring buildings.