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Silver Housing Medal Winner 1974-1976

  • Residential Development
  • Architect:
    Anthony Horan
  • Award Year: 1974-1976
  • Location: Dublin
Residential Development

Citation

The scheme, carefully massed on a steeply sloping narrow frontage site, is restrained, simple and functional and is a sensitive contribution to the field of speculative private sector development. Each apartment has access to a generous balcony with outdoor planting and the ground floor apartments have private gardens. This is arranged in such a way that one has the impression of a view of a garden from within all apartments. The structure is reinforced concrete with the external finish in brick, which has been admirably handled in the matter of scale, texture and detailing.

The internal volumes are handled with skill consistent with the external massing and overall organization. These are particularly successful in providing a sense of identity for the individual occupant with both home and community and this has been achieved without sacrificing any privacy requirements. It is noticeable that the scheme has been successful in provoking sensitive responses by occupants to varying treatments of the interiors.

The choice of materials and the details of their assembly are exemplary throughout and assist greatly in providing that overall unity and harmony characteristic of good architecture.