Having prepared a masterplan for a large-scale housing programme at Balgaddy, a commission followed from South Dublin County Council to develop a preliminary phase of 84 homes, followed by a second phase of 98 units. Set along Griffeen Avenue, at the centre of the scheme is a pair of three-storey, crescent shaped terraces that creates a distinctive place as a central focus and point of arrival for the neighbourhood. The crescent inspired by John Woods designs for Bath, is terminated at either end with higher buildings that act as bookends to terminate the views and form gateways, from the two approaches. Behind the crescent lies a series of smaller scale, quieter, tree-lined streets, to encourage the principle that pedestrians have priority over cars.
The homes range from four bedroom houses to one bedroom apartments, each having in nearly all cases, their own front garden, own front door, and private and a secure private garden to the rear. Buildings are arranged to ensure that windows overlook all public areas, promoting passive surveillance. A robust, red brick wall at ground floor level wraps around the front of all homes, rising at corners of streets where the buildings step forward. The public domain has an abundance of trees, to enhance streets, roads and squares and to signify entrances or ownership.
* This project was completed by Howley Harrington Architects.
The crescent inspired by John Woods designs for Bath, is terminated at either end with higher buildings that act as bookends to terminate the views and form gateways, from the two approaches