Hanover Quay

  • Location: South Docklands
  • Architect: O'Mahony Pike Architects
  • Completed: 2006

This mixed-use development on a 3.1 acre site in the Grand Canal Dock area comprises 292 residential units, crèche, retail and commercial accommodation and pub.

The site is bound by Hanover Quay to the South, by Sir John Rogerson’s Quay and the Liffey to the North, and by Forbes Street to the West. The scheme seeks to mediate between the fine-grained domestic scale of the neighbouring residential areas around Pearse Street and the grander industrial scale of the Grand Canal Basin. A two-storey masonry plinth to Forbes Street extends the fabric and scale of the Georgian streetscape.

The established language of Pearse Square of continuous brick facades, stepped entrances and railings is utilized to enhance this sense of the extended street.
The grander urban scale is then addressed by a long linear continuous block to Forbes Street and Sir John Rogerson’s Quay and a series of five storey pavilions to Hanover Quay that rest on the heavy plinth. They have a more singular, object-like quality, setting up a dialogue with the neighbouring warehouses and industrial buildings. A number of smaller four and five storey brick blocks define the two internal courtyards. This introduction of scale variations between the various blocks re-creates within the site the pattern of an urban environment.

Posted by Reflecting City Team on Monday, September 22, 2008
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