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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

29.05.2018Crampton Buildings: Renovation of Historic Housing in the city centre


Crampton Buildings forms a small city block with frontage onto Crampton Quay overlooking the river Liffey. Here are some images and notes about the extensive renovation works completed in 2016.


The three storey red brick block comprises two floors of apartments above commercial units, wrapped around a small courtyard. The project consultants were Downey MacConville Architects who liaised with Dublin City Architects and Housing departments.

The building, a protected structure, was constructed in 1890 by the Dublin Artisans Dwelling Company and has a unique place in the history of social housing in Dublin. It is almost contemporaneous with the much more well-known Iveagh Buildings. A number of families in Crampton Buildings are the grand-children and great-grandchildren of some of the original residents.


The apartments were acquired by Dublin City Council in the 1990s and maintained as social housing. Around 2012 the City Council’s concerns about fire safety prompted an ambitious plan to upgrade the units. The existing 54 homes of an average floor area of 30sq.m were enlarged by combining two into one with the final scheme having 28 homes – 5 one beds, 19 two beds, 3 three bed apartments and one specially adapted unit.

The objective was to ensure the continuation of Crampton as viable housing within a historic structure into the future. A key issue is ensuring that the homes are fully accessible and the alterations included providing wider doors, level access, shallower stairs and a new lift which was designed as a prominent feature in the courtyard.



Crampton Buildings

Images by Ros Kavanagh

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