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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

29.05.2017Rapid Delivery Housing


Dublin City Council are currently in the process or providing a total of 130 housing units on 4 sites in its administrative area. The sites are located in Drimnagh, Darndale, Ballyfermot and Finglas.

All of these units are designed to a high specification with A3 Building Energy Ratings, Solar Photo Voltaic Panels,  Triple Glazed windows, and a minimum 60 lifespan of all structural materials.Three building systems are being employed on these projects. Structural Insulated Panels are being used on the project in Cherry Orchard which are manufactured and almost fully assembled in Warren Point.Light Gauge Steel Framed Panels are being used in St Helena’s Drive and Mourne Road which are manufactured in Galway and assembled and completed on each site.Timber framed units are being used on the site in Belcamp which are almost fully assembled in Monaghan and delivered to site as ground and first floor ‘pods’ (see photo) which are craned into position with fully installed bathrooms and kitchens.Handover of the units is due to begin this summer, with the various systems achieving time savings of up to 50% over traditional construction methods.


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