Silver Housing Medal Winner 2005-2006
- Hanover Quay / Sir John Rogerson’s Quay
- Award Year: 2005-2006
Hanover Quay, a mixed-use but primarily residential development running between the River Liffey at Sir John Rogerson’s Quay and the Grand Canal Basin at Hanover Quay was initiated by the Dublin Docklands Development Authority as a component in the regeneration of the Grand Canal Dock area.
As a mixed-use development providing a high quality residential environment, it is a model for integrated, high density urban regeneration, successfully combining retail and commercial uses with 292 mixed tenure dwellings, including a significant number of family orientated, ground level, own door units, which animate the public realm. In its programme it is typical of a large number of schemes built in the last ten years on high value brownfield sites with consequently severe commercial pressures. Unlike most, this scheme succeeds in resolving those competing demands, producing a significant residential exemplar.
There is invention and originality in the generously sized dwelling types and their arrangement, careful handling of the thresholds between public and private and an assured articulation of the hierarchy of individual and communal entrances. The communal courtyards, though somewhat interrupted by the voids ventilating the basement car park, provide active play space for family residents. The facades, while displaying the scalar difficulties attached to larger precast panels in some instances, are enlivened by the fully glazed winter garden balconies, giving the development its iconic image onto the Grand Canal basin.
As a model of the assured handling of a highly complex brief to provide high quality sustainable development, Hanover Quay establishes a new benchmark for emerging, high density urban architecture, and is accordingly awarded the Silver Medal for Housing.