The May sunshine in Dublin gave PAC Studio the opportunity to cycle over to Rathmines this week, to finally see the completion of our first ever project. Located in Rathmines, this courtyard house includes 3 bedrooms within a glass bridge, spanning over a walled garden with living spaces distributed around two courtyards. The multiple layers of glass reflect, refract and diffuse light in response to the sun, with surprising prismatic effects, even if only for a fleeting moment.
More details can be found here Rathmines Mews
View to sky from below courtyard
Cycles in south courtyard
Our design for a new restaurant space in Dublin starts as a garden pergola, formed in small sections of timber to make a self-supporting framework for the glass enclosure. Facing south onto a mews garden, the diagonal arrangement of the timber elements in layered roof structure will create a dynamic, dappled light under the canopy.
Our design of a new residential neighbourhood in Drogheda includes 66 apartments, 30 of which are designated for elderly and ageing tenants. The site is a former and long abandoned quarry, with a steep cliff to the south. The layout of the 3 buildings perpendicular to both the quarry face two the south and trunk road to the north enables a sequence of landscape fingers to reach from the mature planting at the base of the quarry face, to the public road. These fingers are planted as a series of varied landscapes and gardens, allowing for interaction and different uses throughout the day. The entrance to each of the 3 buildings bridge the main pedestrian route across the site, which snakes across the various levels, providing seating areas with elevated views back to the city. The layouts are designed to maximise solar access to each of the living spaces, with large apertures in the framed facades allowing for sheltered balconies to each of the residents. The shifts in the layout of the blocks and the facades of the individual dwellings allows a greater sense of privacy and shelter for the inhabitants. We look forward to a successful planning permission this summer.
More details can be found here Louth Community Housing
PAC Studio’s first project from all that time ago is finally coming to conclusion on site. The play of transparencies and opacities of glass, the use of courtyards within a walled garden, and a beautifully detailed tensioned stair screening the living spaces are beginning to take shape..
Se more at Rathmines Mews House
We were both surprised and delighted to pick up the RIAI Architecture Award – Best Commercial/ Retail/ Fit-Out – for our Malahide Market on behalf of Donnybrook Fair at the annual RIAI Summer Party last night. The PAC Studio gang were there to celebrate a great night….thanks to all involved in organising the event.
RIAI Press Release:
The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) has this evening announced the winners of 2017 RIAI Architecture Awards at a ceremony in Dublin’s Mansion House. The awards celebrate the quality of work carried out by RIAI members in 2016 and highlight the contribution that architects make to society for everyone’s benefit. Now in its 28th year and with a record 18 categories, this year’s shortlist included 60 projects, spanning 13 counties across Ireland as well as three international projects in Hungary, Palestine and Poland. The jury chose 21 Winners and gave awards to 28 Highly Commended and 14 Commended entries. Full details and images of all the winning projects are available at www.riai.ie.