DUBLIN- PORTLAND STREET – BAKERS YARD DEVELOPMENT


A residential urban development located in the centre of Dublin, on Portland Street (close to the famous Croke Park Stadium)

This is definitely  on of the most interesting residential development I have been involved in .

There are three blocks, comprising about 130 apartments, some of them duplexes, with a very narrow atriums beetween them an many balconies sticking out of the building, cladded with timber .

The three buildings create courtyards, new streets, that are of a very good quality and friendly for the inhabitants.

Striking combination of materials and quality of finishes makes me proud , and I very often draw some ideas from this design.

Presented buildings are liners with decks runing along the length of the buildings, the entrances to the apartments form a courtyard and with the external lifts linking the decks at the ends of the buildings.

The apartments are still available to purchase , for about 250 thousands euro – I think they are worth it.





















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DUBLIN – ATHLUMNEY VILLAS STREET


Another building located within the Ranelagh Street in Dublin.
One can see  curved shapes of main body of the building, a lot of a concrete used for a construction, almost brutalistic,  pure and very minimalistic character of the building.

Really interesting shape as for the building ; reminds me of a snail shell, under which there is a small horizinatal window located.

Looking at the building from front, we can see how nicely the concrete block is curved , and ended with a vertical slender window which runs to the ceiling and then the opening is continued within the concrete balcony balustrade.

The built is very weired , and definitely unusual, and in my personal opinion deserves to figure in my very objective  list of interesting architecture of cities and suburbs.

DUBLIN – RANELAGH STREET- CLOSER TOWARDS THE CITY


Another building worth of our attention, located only few hundred meeters away from the preliminary school , on the same street.


Flat aluminium roofs, nice and smooth finish of a render and a very cubistic shapes.
The building consists of many parts that prefectly play together giving the very contemporary character.
Obviously the same material scheme as for the other building has been used: timber, smooth sand cement render, and a natural stone.
Big openings, colouristic contrast between the building parts, effect of “looking at the opening through another opening”. Very interesting manipulation with blocks of building , makes the whole design fresh and unusualy beautyfull and sometimes I wished I had designed this building.That about sums up my relation to the building.

 

DUBLIN – RICHMOND PLACE


The single family residential buidling located in Dublin, on the corner of  Richmond Place and Mount Pleasant Ave Upper.

Another very interesting building made of a nice, very common in the area type of brick.
Very popular recently big openings with timber frame and cladded openable panels, with asymetric vertical bars within the window frame.

Huge opening to the loundge along the boundary wall makes a really fantastic impression, dominates the whole ground floor, and provides more than sufficient amount of a daylight.

Personally I also like the fact that all windows and doors frames are flushed with the external wall which makes the building more simple almost  minimalistic.
The idea of making one of the building’s walls a boundary wall, was a really briliant thought.
To sum up I can say that you have to see it to find out how the small architecture can be also interesting and desirable.


DUBLIN, RANELAGH STREET- PRELIMINARY SCHOOL


Dublin – Very interesting place to live in, especially in the end of the last decade .


I was one of those lucky ones to live there for a few years and experience the unbelievable possibilities of having big money invested in  building process.


Very often buildings were constructed of very good quality, and well finished materials, also you could notice an interesting trend in architecture and design generally to use materials of natural origin, more often then it was happening in previous years.


The presented building is a preliminary school located  in Dublin, on Ranelagh Street .

 

It is kept in a small , very human scale and one can feel a freshness of ideas and a friendly enviroment very the priority to the designer.

Thanks to the use of natural materials, timber framed windows and doors, timber cladding, natural stone, smothed and polished concrete panels, lead flashings and roof coverings make the building looking contemporary and give it a very noble character.
 
 

The attention to details and thoughtfull and fresh use of composition , calls for a special appreciation.