We were invited to join a design team for an urban regeneration competition in North Central Dublin organised by Dublin City Council. Working with a second architect on the site of Croke Villas in the shadow of Croke Park, the brief called for a highly efficient masterplan to provide 160 new dwellings and new community facilities for existing tenants and to regenerate the locality.
The site was bound to the south by the canal, to the west by Croke Park and by typical 2-storey residential development to the north.
The response was a reasoned approach where historically accepted urban design features were employed to define both private and public space –streets, squares and avenues described the design and allow the sun to penetrate to the very rear of the site.
Having been successfully selected as preferred bidder, the project was stalled due to lack of funding.