Temple Bar - West End


  • Anthony Reddy Associates
  • McGarry Ní Éanaigh Architects
  • de Blacam & Meagher Architects
  • O'Dowd O'Herlihy Horan Architects
  • Burke-Kennedy Doyle Architects

The Old City is located in the West End of Temple Bar, between Parliament Street and Fishamble Street, and centered around a new pedestrian street, Cow’s Lane. It is primarily a residential area as well as a dedicated high end retail destination, featuring a mix of high-quality interiors shops and leisure outlets.

The Old City scheme was devised following a process of brief development and discussion between Temple Bar Properties and planners for Dublin City Council. It was designed by five architectural practices working to a social, cultural and environmental brief. It was intended by Temple Bar Properties that the objective of this development brief would be to provide a basis for a diversified, yet coherent overall architectural design.

The scheme delivered 191 apartments with 30% social housing and 24 retail and media units. In addition the development includes a crèche, car parking, roof gardens, bicycle parking and an environmentally friendly district heating system using recycled hot water. The objectives of the scheme included the regeneration of the residential population of Temple Bar by focusing on  "living over the shop". The aim was to animate the streets at ground-floor level while residents can enjoy separately accessed private space.

The environmental brief for the project included requirements to collect, store and distribute solar energy, rainwater and other "free" environmental assets and to use natural ventilation systems wherever possible. It also required the minimisation of energy loss, use of materials which have entailed minimal environmental damage in their production and the design of effective building management and control systems.

The five buildings are organised around two courtyards and while each building is architecturally individual and varied, they each form part of a coherent development.  While the design aims to preserve the narrow nature and ambience of the medieval street patterns, it also creates a bright safe residential element with a distinctive and contemporary architectural expression.

The ground floor consists of workshops and retail units to encourage and support street level activity while also screening the car parks, which are situated under the raised courtyard areas. Upper floors consist of apartment blocks with a residential mix of one, two and three bedroomed units.

Two of the developments are Scarlet Row and The Wooden Building

Posted by Reflecting City Team on Wednesday, September 17, 2008
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