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Temple Bar Square

  • Architect:
    Grafton Architects (Group 91)
  • Award Type:
    Regional Award 1996
  • Location: Dublin
Temple Bar Square


The completion of this new building and square is a critical element in the realisation of a Temple Bar masterplan, providing a readily identifiable point of orientation within the dense urban fabric.

The building footprint frames the new square while a contrasting elevational treatment employing pointed steel frame with brick, glass and metal screen infill cleverly reinforces the scale and rhythm of the existing streetscape.

Apartments above gain entrance from an irregular if somewhat contrived courtyard at first floor level accessed discretely from the square. The saw toothed roof form to the rear of the scheme provides a lively and industrial feel to the roofscape when viewed from Fownes Street.

Architect's Comment
The new public space is created out of a derelict site, presently used as a surface carpark. One building, in poor condition, was removed in order that two fine redbrick and stone buildings are revealed to form part of the architecture of the new Square. The surface of the new Square is made of indigenous stone flags, with a minimum amount of intervention - stone steps accommodate the natural fall on the site and act as informal seats; a bench runs parallel to Fownes Street.The idea is that the surface becomes a 'carpet' for public activity.

Client's Comment
Temple Bar Square is a critical element in the regeneration of the Temple Bar area. Its function is to be a place where one can pause and enjoy the energy and colour of Temple Bar. Architecturally the brief was to create an urban space of its time and sympathetic to its context.

Temple Bar Properties are very pleased with the degree of success that Group '91/ Grofton Architects have had in achieving these aims.