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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

13.06.2017Dolphin House Regeneration


The first phase of Dolphin House Regeneration project is currently on site.

This phase consists of the deep retrofitting of 3 of the existing housing blocks to provide 63 refurbished apartments and the provision of 37 new build units – 28 apartments and 9 houses – 100 units in total.  The retrofitting includes externally insulating the walls of the existing blocks to improve their thermal efficiency and the provision of lifts to make all units accessible.  Outdoor spaces will be landscaped and play areas provided within the courtyard areas. Work is proceeding well on site and it is hoped that residents will be able to move into the finished units in the summer of 2018. Work is already underway designing Phase 2 of the regeneration which will again consist of a mixture of retrofitting of the existing blocks and some new build infill.  It is envisaged that once the regeneration is complete, the existing Dolphin House community will have been re-housed in comfortable, retrofitted or new build accommodation and that additional units will also have been created for new residents.

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