Photo: Michael Moran
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Saturday 15 October, 11.00am – 5.00pm
This project offers the possibility of a new type of urban environment in Dublin, one which is firmly stitched into its natural environment, while fine-tuned to the energy conserving / generating, and functional potential of its components. It is a large functionally diverse ensemble of elements integrated into a continuous energy balanced piece of urban landscape. It is a place where the buildings are oriented to minimise their energy demand, maximise their use of natural light, where the landscape facilitates movement, creates connections between activities and people, provides a place of density and concentration, for people to live, work, and have leisure time. Buildings are lifted off the ground plane, releasing it for use as a public garden, allowing the free flow of plants, animals, water, humans, air, light, through it. Buildings are thin, to permit them to be naturally lit, and ventilated. Orientation of buildings is along the north-south axis, giving a clear east, and west elevation, providing for maximum constant daylight to the buildings in the morning and afternoon, opening the site to the views of the nearby mountains and the sea – the natural landscape. The ground plane becomes a piece of legible pedestrian city –designed to support person-scale forms of movement and perceptions of space; pedestrians and bicycles have exclusive domain over the ground plane, built elements are deployed to create spaces that people will use and feel comfortable in. Movement patterns are strengthened across the site for pedestrians and bicycles, making clear connections with the adjoining sites, creating new local connections
First-come basis: Just turn up and look out for Open House Dublin volunteers. Wheelchair Access. This tour is not suitable for children. Photography is not allowed on this tour.
Designed by: Bucholz McEvoy
Building Date: 2009
Location: Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, D4