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
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