Master planning of a mixed-use urban quarter, comprising residential, office, hotel, cultural and retail uses, a network of new streets and public spaces, and 350 apartments
Floor area: 52,440 m² (564,254 ft²)
Floor area offices; 55,000 m² (590,000 ft²)
Residential units: 350
Density: 20,976 m²/ha (91,455 ft²/acre)
A new urban scheme containing a mix of living, work, culture, retail, hotel and community uses to form a pedestrian-scaled city quarter. A new central square which was designed in collaboration with Jan Gehl acts be a memorable urban space to be used by day and night. Smaller public spaces are landscaped to provide a variety of distinct environments and offer intimate sheltered areas for residents and workers.
As the site was surrounded by historic landmarks, it required a sensitive approach and close negotiation with planning authorities. Reddy A+U designed eight apartment buildings and two office buildings in the development, but to ensure the diversity of styles typical of an urban quarter, Reddy A+U, with the client, invited other architects to design the remaining buildings and managed their contributions.
Apartments enjoy a high standard of spatial design: dual aspect, optimum orientation, generous provision of storage and private open space, shared roof gardens. Five universally-accessible apartments and live-work units are included in the scheme, flexibly designed for future atelier or residential use. Affordable apartments are also distributed throughout for a better social mix.
To create a sustainable development, the largest biomass plant in Ireland was installed within the Brunel Building to provide heating and hot water to apartments, with capacity to serve all uses. Excellent Sedum-planted roofs are used within the scheme and office buildings incorporate triple-skin glazing and are achieving performance equivalent to BREEAM Excellent. Extensive use of prefabrication and off-site construction used helped reduce the carbon footprint and accelerate the programme.
“We found Reddy Architecture to be very innovative yet practical...they worked very closely with statutory authorities...I have no hesitation in recommending Reddy Architecture for any similar project”