|Programme||Masterplan with Mixed-Use Development|
|Brief||ARROW was appointed to design a mixed-use development for a new working and living community in the Docklands, which would knit into the fabric of the existing and future of the Docklands area.|
Reflecting the identity of the Docklands
We believe that there is an identity to be found when approaching the waterfront of Dublin – traditional robust materials previously used in the docklands.
These have an inherent tactile quality that respond to human scale, creating a distinctive sense of place. In the past, buildings had a character that told you where you were (near the Docklands), an environment dictated by functionality.
Materials were heavy and durable, like natural wood, bricks and darkly-painted iron. Buildings were different in scale, form and materiality. There was a strong sense of place and identity.
Enhancing the public realm & human scale
Dublin Landings is a result of a holistic design development, setting a new benchmark by offering high-quality commercial spaces that are mixed with high-end living. Both offices and apartments boast enviable views of the natural landscape, charming streetscapes and of the river Liffey, all at the heart of the Docklands.
The public realm is reinforced by introducing setbacks on strategic corners. This creates a varied streetscape and highlights special entrances, retail spaces and other communal places. These setbacks will create a further distinctive human scale to the development, reinforced by change of materiality and tactility.
Reinforcing the different scale & variety
The overall urban form was created to enhance variation and scale by means of differentiated building massing and roof forms.
Furthermore, this strategic placement of volumes with varying proportions and scale allows for views of the river Liffey to be opened up and for sunlight to flood the residential blocks with daylight. The result is a new development that reconnects the area to the docklands’ history and river Liffey.
‘The landscape finds its inspiration in the Irish coastal landscape and the alternation between soft and hard surfaces.’
Irish costal nature inspired streetscape
The landscape finds its inspiration in the Irish coastal landscape and the alternation between soft and hard surfaces. Our usage of soft and hard surfaces is graduated through the site from a larger and more rugged scale in the residential open spaces to a finer and smoother treatment of the landscaped areas around the commercial blocks.