A new urban quarter along Cardiff Lane - Open House Dublin 2023
Building Tour

A new urban quarter along Cardiff Lane

Henry J Lyons
Cardiff Ln, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin
Tour Dates & Times
  • Saturday 15 October:
  • 11am – 12pm |
  • 12pm – 1pm |
  • 1pm – 2pm |
  • 2pm – 3pm
Booked Out
Pale-red-brick, lime-mortar masonry within steel-gridded structures are traditional to Dublin historic docklands but this palette is reused with an added abstraction of orthogonal lines- windows are deeply recessed, gridded openings are full-height. A proportioned façade of double height precast concrete subframe infilled with perforated metal brise-soleil is complimented by bio diverse landscaping. View from apartment living room with generous full height windows outlooking the city.

Developed by Marlet the Masterplan for the regeneration of Cardiff Lane in Dublin Docklands has been designed to deliver a street based new urban quarter and a mixed use neighbourhood.

Ropemaker Place Apartments and the Sorting Office are two completed blocks from a phased, mixed use residential and commercial brownfield development of six buildings running from Cardiff Lane to Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, all designed by Henry J Lyons. This new urban quarter creates a new street ecology in which to live and work.

Ropemaker Place Apartments invests heavily in achieving a layout whereby habitable spaces connect to their optimal adjacent public realm. By locating living areas to the East and private bedrooms towards the courtyard on the West, the living arrangement of each unit is optimised. It is deliberately designed to house living spaces onto a new pedestrianised cul-de-sac of Ropemaker Place and softens the streetscape further by a strategy of carved-out entrances, cantilevered balconies, tiered terraces and lush landscape.

The Sorting Office is designed as a deliberate spatial sequence from its landmark corner facade on a significant crossroad, through a colunaded forecourt, to a back-lit double-height reception hall. From here a generous circulation staircase leads up to an atrium that is the heart of the design. Scenic glass lifts link seven-stories of high performance office space that achieves LEED Platinum and BER A energy rating. Working with Bernard Seymour Landscape Architects a generously planted roof garden frames views of the city and the mountains beyond.


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