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Social and Affordable Residential Development Santry Demense Fingal

  • Architect:
    DTA Architects
  • Award Type:
    Best Housing (More than 1 Unit) 2010
  • Location: Dublin
Social and Affordable Residential Development Santry Demense Fingal

The consistent controlled use of materials and building openings here allows a wide choice of own door dwellings to form a series of worthwhile urban spaces containing and in scale with fine existing mature trees.

Architects Comments
A key criteria was provision of spacious dwellings for family occupation while minimising shared stairwells. In response, terraces are organised in an innovative typology of pairs of ground level duplexes either side of twin interlocking, covered/ naturally ventilated staircases, each serving a single second floor dwelling (itself duplex or single level) which straddles the plan width of two duplexes beneath thereby providing generous 2nd floor terraces. This typical organisation is adjusted at corners and ends of terraces, giving a mix of dwelling sizes and types, all dual aspect.

Clients Comments
Fingal County Council appointed the architects to develop a housing scheme on a site of approx. 1.4 hectares at Santry Avenue / Old Ballymun Road. All units were to be own door. The public open spaces, in the centre of the scheme are organised around two large specimen trees and are passively surveyed. The architects employed high insulation levels, mechanical ventilation heat recovery units and air-tight detailing resulting in a high level of thermal comfort and good air quality. With the use of robust materials the final design provides a comfortable low energy, low maintenance housing of high architectural quality with quality public and private open space. Residents started to move into the scheme in early 2010. Both Fingal County Council and the residents are very happy with the finished scheme.