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.
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.
The national Housing Agency have identified a number of Local Authority sites suitable for development of social, affordable and elderly housing. PAC Studio has recently submitted outline proposals for a scheme in Kildare, incorporating 24 elderly housing units and a community room. This shared support facility is located at the entrance to the site, facing the village High Street.
The housing is set behind the the high street, with remote car-parking a key strategy to allow the creation of shared garden directly outside the dwellings, fostering a sense of community. The dwellings are stacked and offset across two storeys, with deck access. A staggered light-well placed between the external terraces ensures good levels of sunlight to all living spaces, and allows interaction between residents.
PAC Studio has been involved in the strategic development of a prominent site in Cork, adjacent to a rail link direct to the city centre. The project is part of the Housing Agency strategy for development of social and affordable housing for a range of demographics across the country. In this instance, terraced housing is developed around shared communal gardens, with a range of landscaped spaces for family use. Car parking is located to the end of the terraces and is shared with the taller apartment block. The massing and positioning of the apartment block makes for a landmark on the train line, whilst the lower floors allow for some community facilities, including creche and a small cafe.
PAC Studio welcomes a new member to our team this week. Lorena joins us in a break from her studies in the Dublin School of Architecture. Earlier this year, Lorena was highly commended for her design for a school in Drogheda, entered in the RIAI Student Award for Sustainable Design. The award aims to recognise the awareness and integration of sustainable design principles by students as an inherent part of their design approach to a project, and we look forward to her contribution to the studio – beginning with her involvement in an elderly housing scheme outside Dublin, one of a series of new housing projects currently being developed by PAC Studio.
A new breath of life has been brought to the interior of this Ballsbridge apartment. PAC Studio carved out the internal partitions to make a large new entrance hallway, bathed in multiple sources of daylight. The simple palette of materials and colours provides a neutral backdrop to the changing colours of light across the day
Photograph courtesy of Enda Cavanagh.
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