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Residential Tower (Wooden Building), Temple Bar

  • Architect:
    de Blacam & Meagher
  • Award Type:
    Regional Award 2001
  • Location: Dublin
Residential Tower (Wooden Building), Temple Bar


Dublin (over £100,000)

A beautifully crafted inner city building, illustrating extreme assurance in the handling of materials and architectural detail on a constrained urban site.

Architects Comments
This building forms part of the residential redevelopment of the west end of Temple Bar. The building comprises a five-storey south block and a nine-storey north block. The cut between the blocks gives access to the raised courtyard garden and creche at the rear. The car park, which is shared with other buildings, is located under the courtyard and garden and is entered under the south block at street level. A retail unit is located at the ground floor of the north block. The south block has one apartment per floor, the north block two, which share a lift and access stair. Apartments generally have an east/west orientation with street views and garden views. Apartments at higher levels have a southerly view towards the Dublin mountains. The structure is in situ concrete. The building is finished externally with thick, jointed clay brickwork, painted render and iroko / oak panelling.

Clients Comments
The design Brief for the Wooden Building, and indeed for the entire Old City development in the West end of Temple Bar, sought to achieve architectural excellence in an environmentally responsible and sustainable manner, while aspirations were to achieve the highest possible standards in urban design and to be a leading example of good urban renewal and sensitive redevelopment of an inner city area. De Blacam and Meagher met this brief brilliantly with The Wooden Building, providing excellence in design and standards of finish, as well as being wonderful to work with. 

The Wooden Building is constructed of wood, stone and glass, representing building materials that link the past with the present. Based upon Viking-period excavations, wooden post and wattle structures lying approximately 2 metres below modern ground level were located, and there is evidence of extensive use of wood as a building material in Dublin during this time. Temple Bar Properties would like to extend our most sincere congratulations to De Blacam and Meagher, and our thanks to the many people involved in this project, which as been a critical part of the regeneration of Temple Bar as a social, cultural, residential and business area.