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.
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.
• 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: email@example.com
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:
Here is what our client had to say:
Find out more here: https://pacstudio.ie/index.php/work/malahide-market/
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…
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!
Minister Varadkar welcomed Mrs Sabina Higgins, wife of the Irish President, to officially open Elizabeth O’Farrell House on North Cumberland Street this week – a poignant moment in the centenary year of 1916.
PAC Studio have designed and coordinated a series of transformations to the building over the past few years to accommodate various Social Welfare and Medical Services to the local community; the most recent being the analysis, renovation and repairs for the longer term durability of the original 1940’s concrete frame.
See more details on the link below: