Dublin Bay, by sea

- Jul 04, 2018 - .

With so many projects located along the coastlines of North Dublin Bay, and out to Howth Island, PAC couldn’t resist a day in the summer sun to get a different perspective. We travelled by boat from Howth Harbour to Dublin Port, a memorable afternoon and evening ensued !


PAC Site Visit to Glass Courtyard

- May 20, 2018 - .

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

Tmber Structures

- Apr 04, 2018 - .

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.

Community and Elderly Housing Design

- Mar 03, 2018 - .

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

First and last…

- Feb 14, 2018 - .

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

















Success for the Malahide Market, RIAI Awards 2017

- Jun 23, 2017 - .

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.

Link to RIAI Presentation here 




We are seeking talented architects…

- Jun 15, 2017 - .

PAC Studio is seeking experienced project architects as we commence a number of social and affordable housing projects and a range of healthcare and workplace environments in Ireland. The successful applicant(s) will be responsible for delivering excellent levels of design and management on projects from inception to completion.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate an extensive understanding of design dialogue, materials, construction processes, systems and methodologies, with experience in contract documents and construction contract administration. Experience with Archicad BIM team-working will be essential.

Required Skills:
• Design flair, and an interest in environmental design
• Excellent client management skills, and strong leadership of architectural/ design/ construction teams
• Experience at running exemplary projects in the context of Irish Regulations/ Contracts
• NBS Specification writing and working knowledge of Archicad BIM

Excellent terms and conditions based on skills and experience, with career development opportunities provided. Please send cover letter, CV and examples of work [10mb max size] via email only to: info@pacstudio.ie

Malahide Market shortlisted in Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland Awards

- Jun 05, 2017 - .

The new external covered market and internal food retail space we designed in collaboration with Donnybrook Fair last year has been shortlisted in the 2017 RIAI Awards. The project was shortlisted for best commercial/ retail project of the year. As a result, the project is now included in the Public Choice Award. If you visited the project to buy some food and enjoy an ice cream under the timber canopy – or you simply like how the project has brought new life to an important site in the town centre of Malahide – then you can vote online here:

Irish Architecture Awards 2017




Here is what our client had to say:

Donnybrook Fair had engaged PAC Studio Architects for a variety of refurbishment projects, but this was our first project together on a completely new premises. We had secured the L-shaped site on the basis that it had prime street frontage to the Main Street. PAC Studio quickly introduced the idea of making the most of the second frontage to the Marina and the Green. The extension of the interior retail space to the Green through the layout of an external market and café sheltered by the timber and glass canopy has been fundamental to attracting customers inside, emphasised by the continuation of brick and the timber lattice into the interior spaces. Changes in ceiling height and views to both Main Street and the Green reinforce the open, airy feel for customers. PAC Studio also worked closely with our retail designers to reinforce this flow of space between the two facades through the design of signage, displays and sales counters. We were particularly pleased with the rapid delivery of the project. The briefing process began in early 2015 and the project was partially complete in time for Christmas 2015 before final and full operation by Spring 2016.


Find out more here: https://pacstudio.ie/index.php/work/malahide-market/

Elizabeth O’Farrell House – the doves are released

- Feb 07, 2017 - .

The final elements of the facade repairs and refurbishment to our project on North Cumberland Street in Dublin City centre were installed this week. A flock of doves were formed using silhouettes cut from bronze toned metal plates, with folds in the surfaces designed to catch the light and provide a kinetic life to the birds and one passes by. The long low sun this morning brought this to life…


Christmas Toast, 2016

- Dec 22, 2016 - .

After a particularly hectic period leading up to the Christmas break, the PAC Studio team went to visit the Teeling Whiskey Distillery in the Liberties, just around the corner from our Studio. A few drops of golden sunshine later and we were resolutely prepared for a Christmas party. Best wishes for the year ahead to all our clients, consultants, contractors and colleagues – and a happy Christmas!