Dublin City Architects Blog

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PIVOT Dublin

PIVOT Dublin

"Well designed places, well designed homes, well designed public domains create value, respect, empathy between people."*

Dublin City Council is committed to using design to improve the attractiveness, liveability and sustainability of our built environment in its roles as planning authority, manager of public spaces and buildings and through its own construction projects.

Dublin City Architects is responsible for promoting design and providing architectural, urban and conservation design services to Dublin City Council. In doing this, we will:

  • Aim for Dublin’s citizens to enjoy the highest quality built environment; one that is clear, generous, appropriately scaled, positive to context, well made and which promotes access and inclusion.
  • Work to achieve excellence in the ordinary.
  • Consider places before buildings so that new developments contribute positively to public spaces.
  • Learn from the past in creating architecture that matches the quality and longevity of earlier periods.
  • Facilitate architecture that is contemporary, performing to the highest environmental standards, concerned with climate change and culturally cosmopolitan.

* Declan McGonagle, Director, NCAD speaking here.

Blog Posts

05.09.2014New Proposals for the Grafton Street Quarter

Public realm improvements in the Grafton Street Quarter are set to continue in 2015 with new plans prepared by City Architects.  The latest stage in the wider strategy for the quarter consists of work to the area between Chatham St and the Eastern stretch of Wicklow Street.  It will also include Chatham Lane, Balfe Street, Harry Street, and Johnson Court.  It envisages a quieter set of streets compared to the bustle of Grafton Street and will include new paving, street furniture, and tree planting in the area.


22.08.2014Re-imagining Disused Structures; Noshington Cafe in Harolds Cross Park

Last month saw the opening of the new tearoom in Harold’s Cross Park.  The new cafe, operated by Noshington Café, sees the reuse of an existing structure, dating from 1943, which had been unused for many years.   The cafe will be open 7 days a week throughout the year and is located at the western end of the park, facing Mount Jerome.  It was designed by City Architects and represents the first in a series of new cafes and tearooms planned for the city by DCC Parks and Landscape Services Division.


13.08.2014Homeless Services, Parkgate Hall

For the past year, the homeless services provided by Dublin City Council have been based at Parkgate Hall, Conyngham Road.  Here, a number of previously dispersed services are available to those in need as part of an integrated hub.  In advance of their relocation to Parkgate Hall, City Architects carried out a number of alterations to the building to meet the services’ requirements.


21.07.2014Dublin House Launch, Monday 21 July

The Dublin House Project will be launched today, Monday 21st July, at 11:00.  Among those in attendance will be the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Christy Burke, and City Architect, Ali Grehan.  The launch will take place on the site advertised for the project, 29-30 Fishamble Street. (more…)

18.07.2014Design Team for Parnell Square Announced

Grafton Architects and Shaffrey Associates have been chosen as the design team for the redevelopment of the Parnell Square Cultural Quarter.  The announcement was made today by Dublin City Council and the Parnell Square Foundation.   (more…)

09.07.2014Plans Submitted for Dolphin House

Plans for the proposed regeneration of Dolphin House are now available to view.  The part VIII proposal includes the construction and refurbishment of 100 homes along with associated public realm works. (more…)

04.07.2014RIAI Public Choice Award 2014

Congratulations from all at Dublin City Architects to our former colleague Giulia Vallone on her success in the 2014 RIAI Awards.   The Clonakilty 400, Urban Design Masterplan by Cork County Council Architects beat off stiff competition to secure the Public Choice Award. (more…)