Smithfield Market: West

  • Location: HARP Area
  • Architect: HKR Architects
  • Completed: 2005

Smithfield Market provides 1.3 million feet of mixed-use space and represents one of Ireland’s largest ever urban redevelopment projects. The development area of 4.5 acres in Dublin 7, which commenced in 2001 and was completed in 2005, is bounded by Smithfield Square, North King Street, Queen Street and Haymarket, and sits over three full levels of basement car parking.

The development of Smithfield Market establishes a new urban edge to the west side of Smithfield Square, and establishes a new smaller square, now named Museum Square, from which access is gained to the major elements of the scheme. A cinema, exhibition space, offices, restaurants, retail, work shops, and apartments together provide a new urban quarter in this historic part of the city.

Materials of the highest quality were specified in the development and include Jura limestone, high quality facing brick, structural glazing and copper and zinc panelling. All buildings have been carefully considered to form a new and appropriate urban grain which will continue to act as a model for urban regeneration in Dublin and represent a major catalyst for the continued regeneration of the greater Smithfield and HARP area.

The scale of the new buildings at Smithfield were carefully considered in order to provide both an appropriate urban massing for this area of the City Centre with its close proximity to public transport, as well as providing a balance between the heights of the new buildings and the size of the historic market place. The new buildings form a strong edge to the square that is punctured by new routes for pedestrians that are carved out of the old urban block.

The hard landscaping at ground level in public areas contrasts strongly with the rooftop gardens provided on several blocks for the benefit of residents who enjoy panoramic views – an important social space often denied to apartment residents.

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The MACRO Centre

  • Location: HARP Area
  • Architect: Derek Tynan Architects
  • Completed: 2001

A striking Community Resource Centre designed by Derek Tynan Architects and built for Dublin City Council by Rohcon as part of the Historic Area Rejuvenation Project, was completed in 2001. The building,  situated on a site at the corner of Green Street and North King Street,  is a community facility in the Markets area of Dublin close to the city centre for use by local community groups.

During the preparation of the site, two phases of archaeological assessment were carried out. The results of which revealed skeletons across the site, which indicated that the site was once a burial ground. The assessment revealed the skeletons overlain with rubble fill layer containing human bone. A limited archaeological excavation was then conducted in the autumn of 1998 where 18 skeletons were revealed.  Initial examinations dated them to the late seventeenth/ early eighteenth centuries. To facilitate the new building, the foundations were designed in such a way as to minimise building impact on the under lying skeletal remains. An archaeological excavation was carried out on site and over 600 skeletons were excavated. The scientific analysis of the remains is ongoing with much important historical information being derived from the find.

The building became operational early 2002 with a number of local community projects relocating from their premises in Beresford Street to the new modern centre in Green Street. These included, the MACRO Community Development Programme, The Senior Citizens Service, The Markets Area Youth Service, the Local Employment Service, the Snug Counselling Service and the Markets Area Men’s Group. A Computer Training Facility, George’s Hill Community Employment Project and a Citizens Information Centre also occupy the building. The building is organised around a central space, an extension of the public realm of the street in materiality and quality of light.

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Marmion Court

  • Location: HARP Area
  • Architect: Shay Cleary Architects
  • Completed: 2004

This project comprised the refurbishment of 84 flats in existing 1970’s blocks along with the provision of 46 new units and the general reconstitution of the urban fabric for the city block.

The proposal for the site  can be summarised into a number of overall objectives as follows:

  • To integrate the existing blocks in a meaningful and sympathetic way into a coherent arrangement of public, semi public and private spaces.
  • To re-establish the building line on both Queen Street and on Blackhall Street in order to form a proper approach to Bluecoat School.
  • To provide an architecture that would nave some relationship with the language of the existing, so that the overall scheme when completed would present a cohesive and unified image to it’s surroundings and to the city.
  • To expand if possible the other non-residential uses which already exist in the city block.

The specific aims of the architectural proposal were as follows:

  • To re-establish Queen Street with a series of new buildings which vary in layout from four to one storey as they relate to both the existing blocks and the proposed new spaces.
  • To create new pedestrian streets for new private shared access to existing blocks and also establish semi-private common gardens that relate to particular groups of dwellings.
  • To create a new three and one storey terrace to Blackhall Street which establishes a new street edge and creates an axial relationship with the important approach to the Bluecoat School.
  • To create a small recreation area for all the residents and to propose appropriate uses for the existing halls in consultation with residents. 
  • To provide dwellings which have generous private outdoor space in the form of terraces, balconies or roof gardens, and also benefit from the use of the common gardens and the proposed public park.
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St. Michan’s Housing

  • Location: Markets Area
  • Architect: Mitchell + Associates
  • Completed: Ongoing

Following a competitive tender process, Mitchell + Associates were commissioned by Dublin City Council to prepare a feasibility study for the redevelopment of St Michan’s house, in the markets area of Dublin. Following a number of sketch designs, Mitchell + Associates arrived at a design solution which addressed the DCC brief and residents’ concerns.

The ground floor of the scheme, across the two sites, along Greek street and St Mary’s Lane is filled to create deep commercial units accessed from the street. The depth and generous height of these units – six metres high – will be enough to accommodate a number of uses and encourage diversity along the streetscape.
Access to the residential units will be through a number of circulation cores accessed directly from the street. These access points will be well served with ancillary bicycle and general purpose lock up storage areas.

As a part of the redevelopment, it is proposed that Greek Street undergoes significant environmental improvements. This would include the removal of on-street parking, leading to the widening of pavements, which is essential for this major pedestrian circulation corridor, linking the LUAS line at Chancery Street and the wider Markets area. The new widened pavements would be further enhanced with the introduction of an avenue of street trees, and a limited palette of contemporary street furniture.

The deep commercial units at ground floor level create a large “podium” or garden level upon which the residential units sit. The benefit of a raised garden level would be greater light penetration into the courtyards, creating usable, attractive, shared open space. In addition, greater privacy and amenity is achieved and a sense of community is encouraged.

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