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The site for Waterways House was previously occupied by a modest two storey mid 20th century office building. The plot depth is unusually narrow but relatively long. 

The design of the replacement office building has a fairly straightforward rational. Conceptually it is a narrow white box with three cantilevered planes of glass hanging over the water.  These planes tilt through three different axes, horizontal, vertical and diagonal producing a set of slightly differing reflections of water, buildings and sky, making a strong connection with the Canal Basin and the activity on the water. 

S+K won the Irish Construction Industry Award in 2019 in category Commercial Project of the Year - Small for this building.


The Lír Academy is third level, state of the art, training facility; internationally recognised in association with RADA  London. 

It is a not for profit charitable organisation set up by the Cathal Ryan Trust and Trinity College Dublin. It is operating on a not-for-profit basis and has been wholly dedicated to the provision of dramatic arts training. Its Board comprises volunteer directors who are dedicated to meeting a specific community need, i.e. drama education. 

The Lír is located on the south side of Pearse Street at the corner of Pearse Street and Grand Canal Quay, within the Trinity College Enterprise Campus, which was originally developed by the Industrial Development Authority.  



The residence is a two storey structure over a part basement. The ‘backbone’ is a double height corridor which extends North to form the garden wall (metal clad spine wall) and the external wall to the Staff house. To the East of this wall is a large oak tree.

This spine structure forms a datum across the site along an approximate North-South axis. Sprung from this spine wall is a curved metal roof (skin) extending to the ground on both the staff house and dwelling house. 

 The standing seam metal skin proposed both for the garden wall and the curved roof structures is a tactile material appropriate for this setting. Extending West from the spine wall is the main body of the house with the rectilinear stone clad shapes accommodating Living, Kitchen and dining spaces. 

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Newpark is an existing education campus in South County Dublin incorporating an 800 pupil Post Primary School; an Adult Education night school; Sports Centre including a swimming pool; a Music school; Hockey Club; and 2. No Protected Structures on a very restricted suburban site. 


The project involved redeveloping the campus while fully operational; providing a temporary school; demolishing the existing school building; replacing with a new 3-storey school, fully compliant with current Department of Education Technical Guidance Documents; the refurbishment of the Sports Centre; and the extension and refurbishment of a Protected Structure. 

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