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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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07.12.2017Rapid Delivery Housing Handover at Cherry Orchard Avenue


Cherry Orchard Housing Handover
above: Cherry Orchard Avenue, Adston Ltd. Building Contractors, handover November 2017
image by City Architects
 
 

Last week Dublin City Council (DCC) took possession of 24 new houses at Cherry Orchard Avenue, constructed by Adston Ltd. Building contractors, and most of the families have already moved in. This scheme is one of the four ‘Rapid Delivery’ sites being (more…)

10.10.2017City Architects & OHD 2017

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“Open House Dublin (OHD) is Ireland’s largest architecture festival, inviting all citizens to explore their city. It works through a simple but powerful idea: showcasing outstanding architecture for everyone to experience.”

 – Open House Dublin 2017 -

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22.09.2017Housing Projects

Image Credit: Dónal Murphy Photography
 
Above: McKee Park; City Architects, 37 homes, completed Sept 2011.
Image Credit: Donal Murphy Photography
 
 

Last week we gave you a general overview of the City Architects Division and the work that we do. This week we’re focusing on Housing, the area which makes up the lion’s share of our current programme.

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21.09.2016Parnell Square Cultural Quarter Design Update

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View of main library space and reference areas.

The first images of the design for the Parnell Square Cultural Quarter were presented as part of an update to Dublin City Council’s Culture Recreation & Amenity Strategic Policy Committee  last week. (more…)

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

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)

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. (more…)

02.09.2015The Fire Insurance Plans of Charles Edward Goad

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During Dublin City Architects recent and ongoing research of The Aungier Estate we discovered what we believe to be one of the earliest surviving original 1893 Charles E. Goad’s Fire insurance plans of Dublin City centre.

The historic fire insurance plans were found right here in Dublin City Council Offices on Wood Quay.  The plans were entrusted to the councils Law Department after being salvaged from the basement in City Hall, which at the time was being cleared of its contents.

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22.07.2015Aungier Estate Walking Tour

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A walking tour of the Aungier Estate, organised by the Irish Architecture Foundation, took place on Thursday 9th July. Tour guides included Nicki Matthew, Architectural Conservation with Dublin City Council, and Marc Richie from the conservation office in the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

The tour sought to highlight the origins of 17th century Aungier Estate from the more familiar successor Georgian era, exploring it’s rich cultural heritage while also considering opportunities for the regeneration of the area.

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19.06.2015Urban Redevelopment Authority

Housing Regeneration-Ballymun Dublin

Housing Regeneration – Ballymun, Dublin

Dublin City Council through City Architects has been building links with Singapore, a city that applies a strong design focus in urban development. City Architect Ali Grehan was invited to Singapore recently to see the impressive work being done by the Urban Redevelopment Authority and share insights about Dublin’s design approach. In addition to making a presentation to the Centre for Liveable Cities Ali did an interview for the URA’s publication Skyline, an edited version of which is published today and can be found here.

The full Q&A is below.

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