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"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, performs to the highest environmental standards, addresses climate change and is culturally cosmopolitan.

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19.08.2016THE FORMER NEWCOMEN BANK (Dublin City Council Rates Office)

The Rates Office, former Newcomen Bank, is one of Dublin’s finest eighteenth century buildings which enjoys a unique setting on Cork Hill opposite City Hall at the entrance to Dublin Castle. City Architects & the Heritage Officer are currently coordinating the preparation of A Conservation Management Plan with the support of the Heritage Council under their Heritage Management Grant Scheme 2016.

Lotts Architecture and Urbanism Ltd have been  researching the history and significance of the building with an assessment of its evolution over 3 principal building stages. Here is a summary of their findings and assessment to date.

Castle Gate, Dublin c.1865-1914 (The Lawrence Photograph Collection, National Library of Ireland)

Castle Gate, Dublin c.1865-1914 (The Lawrence Photograph Collection, National Library of Ireland)

 

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24.03.2016WISER LIFE Unveiled

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Pictured at the launch of the WISER LIFE project [left to right] Sarah Miller, CEO The Discovery Centre, Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr Noeleen Reilly, Chief Executive Dublin City Council, Owen Keegan, Ciaran Murray Chairman, The Discovery Centre and Helen McNamara, SEO Dublin City Council.

Ground breaking developments have been a feature of Ballymun since the regeneration programme started in 1997. Monday March 14th 2016 saw the official launch of the Wiser Life project, a re-purposing of the iconic Ballymun Boiler House as a centre for excellence in education for sustainable development.

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