There is a long history of tea rooms in historic designed landscapes that informed our design approach to this project for Dublin City Council. The design embraces the important duality of all good garden structures combining both focal and prospect points. Located at a principal node of activity to be prominent yet not to detract from the leafier areas of the park, providing a destination and social hub within Bushy Park.
Our design creates an elegant, pavilion-style building that responds to its context using natural materials and simple lines. Existing trees offer an immediate setting in which to immerse the new structure, without any being removed. A low solid ‘service’ block anchors the taller open ‘served’ dining room that cantilevers so as to ‘float’ on the ridge of the landscape. Orientated to follow the suns path, the indoor and outdoor spaces will be full of sunlight throughout the day. External finishes are restrained and, chosen to age beautifully over time and complement the existing character of the park. Now at tender stage, when completed the project will be an example of best practice in terms of sustainability and to minimise energy consumption.
Our design creates an elegant, pavilion-style building that responds to its context using natural materials and simple lines