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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

27.03.2018Ranelagh Triangle Civic Space

The South East Area office commissioned the services of the City Architects Public Realm Team to design a public realm improvement scheme for the Ranelagh Triangle. The project brief was to reconsider the memorial to Deidre Kelly, local historian and activist, which, had ongoing issues regarding maintenance and suitability and to improve the existing public space. The re-imagined memorial was agreed with the Kelly family.Script

Images by City Architects.

Ranelagh village is a vibrant urban village located the south side of Dublin City. The project is situated in a busy pedestrian area known as the Ranelagh Triangle, located at the heart of the village. The triangle is bounded on two sides by heavily trafficked roads, Cullenswood Rd and Ranelagh Rd, and on the third side by a terrace of shops.

The project, completed December 2017, comprises of the laying of new area of natural stone paving, the installation of 3 no. benches and associated lighting.

Image 1 (East)

The Ranelagh triangle was upgraded by Dublin City Council in the early 2000’s with Chinese granite flag paving, new public lighting and trees. The palette of materials for the new proposal was selected to compliment and enhance the earlier scheme. High quality Carlow limestone and Leinster granite paving flags were carefully inset into the existing granite paving forming a new triangle shape. The central limestone flag is inscribed to the memory of Deirdre Kelly. Working with the DCC Arts officer the text was agreed with the Kelly family and a local stonemason was selected to carry out the inscription on the limestone flag. Three bespoke benches made from limestone, hardwood, stainless steel and incorporating LED lighting frame the 3 sides of the triangular paved area.


Image 3 (South)

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