Housing: Shangan 2A

  • Location: Shangan
  • Architect: Derek Tynan Architects
  • Completed: 2002

Shangan 2A is part of the initial phase of the Ballymun Regeneration Project characterised by small-scale development on various sites at the edges of Ballymun. The project was completed in early 2002 and provides housing for those previously resident in the adjoining four and five-storey blocks. These blocks will be demolished to provide open space and the next series of development sites within the overall Ballymun Regeneration Masterplan. In the 2003 Irish Architecture Awards, the project, which includes accommodation for residents with disabilities, won a Special Award for ‘Best Accessible Project’.

Shangan 2A is based on using the irregular site to provide an identifiable space, Whiteacre Close. This is accessed off the new avenue, with two three-storey apartment buildings articulating the entrance through scale, height and corner glazing, as part of the new Shangan district. Adjoining these apartment buildings are three houses as initial fragments of the new three-storey avenue.

Within Whiteacre Close, the scale drops progressively from 3 storeys to a single storey building providing a built edge to the rear of dwellings on the avenue. The definition of the public space of the close and the public/private zones is established through the articulation of brick and rendered planes. The brick outer elements form a public edge to the space through walls, porches and boundaries, with the inner rendered surface forming the principal plane of the close.

The spaces between the planes provide an area between public and private, between the community and the individual. The common area for parking and access is overlooked by each house allowing social interaction and a sense of common ownership over the close.

The site area is 5,210.3 m2 with a building development area of 1,941.2 m2. The development consists of 23 units - a mix of 2 and 3-bedroom houses and 2-bedroom apartments on three floors including a 2-bedroom house for people with disabilities. The different house types are based on establishing ‘through’ living areas and maximising the sense of space within restricted overall areas.

Posted by Reflecting City Team on Thursday, September 18, 2008
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