The Digital Hub: Windmill Site

  • Location: Liberties Coombe
  • Architect: HKR Architects
  • Completed: N/A

HKR Architects are the lead architects on the proposed plans for the Windmill site, one of two sites for the Digital Hub. The Windmill site is seen as having a greater economic and cultural significance for the revival of the run down Thomas Street area and as symbolic for the city’s 21st Century technological future – located on one of Dublin’s oldest industrial site.

The aim of The Digital Hub Development Agency is to provide additional office accommodation in the region of 75,000 sq ft. The proposed plans for the balance of the site consist of nearly 300 apartments, an additional 140,000 sq ft of offices, shops, bars and a shop front showcase for the Digital Hub to be known as the “Digital Underground”. 

As part of HKR Architects design, several late 18th and early 19th century industrial buildings will be retained and reused, including the largest surviving Smock Windmill in Europe. Commercial units on lower levels will be combined with Digital Hub offices and apartments overhead to allow a mix of uses in every part of this 3.2 acre city block.

At the heart of the design is the monumental brick Windmill which will form an entrance to the Digital Underground space, with taller elements including a 16 storey office building being the most prominent point of reference.

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