Residential Schemes | Social Housing, Ballymun

Address:                     Ballymun, Dublin 11
Date of Project:         2015
Client:                        Ó Cualann Cohousing Alliance
Project Size:               49 Affordable Houses on 3.18acres

The buildings in Christchurch Place date to the early 80’s and, unusually, turn their backs to the street. Entrance to each unit is via the central courtyard and, other than a gesture of vaguely mimicking the tower and roof windows of Christ Church Cathedral, the development virtually ignores its surroundings. Our client is a major advertising firm and wanted not only to redesign the interiors but also to establish more of a presence on the street. The unique setting was a clear direction to celebrate Christ Church and we wanted to create a number of relationships with the building. Using glass to reflect from the outside and to frame views of the Cathedral from the inside was a fairly logical approach. We broke the orthogonal geometry of the existing cluster of buildings to acknowledge more clearly the Cathedral. The entrance has been moved to the corner from the inner courtyard and the architectural treatment is contemporary but simple. The fit-out design is intended to create a more dynamic working environment with a variety of client interface areas.

This proposal relates to the proposed construction of 49 Cooperative ‘Starter Homes’ at Baile na Laochra, Ballymun by Ó Cualann Cohousing Alliance CGL. (Ó Cualann) with support from Dublin City Council (DCC).
The overall objective is to complete the project within two years.