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Father Collins Park

  • Architect:
    MCO Projects / ArArq Ireland
  • Award Type:
    Best Public Space 2010
  • Location: Dublin
Father Collins Park

Father Collins Park is a step-change in the design of public parks in Ireland.  The constructed and the natural are artfully balanced to accommodate a wide range of active and passive uses in an elegant urban composition.  The commitment of the Architects was matched by that of the Dublin City Council in this very substantial achievement.

Architects Comments
Father Collins Park is a 55 acre contemporary urban park at the centre of a new urban quarter called Dublin’s North Fringe. Father Collins Park is the first self-sustaining park in Ireland with the vast majority of the power requirements for public lighting, security, maintenance vehicles and water features being generated on site by 5 turbines. The project will take a lead in Ireland for demonstrating the integration of sustainable technologies into the design of public spaces. The design concept emphasises park unity and integration into the North Fringe area as well as energy sustainability, the use of native planting and durable construction materials. The striking contemporary design also includes a promenade projecting into a central lake flanked by five wind turbines that provide the park’s energy.

Clients Comments
The vision for the North Fringe Area focuses on developing the area in a sustainable manner by first delivering the infrastructure required for sustainable community growth. This landmark public park forms the heart of the wider community, designed to serve diverse ages and interests and to link with green spaces and pedestrian networks in the area. Father Collins Park is a wonderful facility that will attract visitors from near and far for years to come