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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.

Blog Posts

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.

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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.

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