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St. Patrick’s Place

  • Architect:
    Scott Tallon Walker Architects
  • Award Type:
    Best Sustainable Project 2010
  • Location: Munster
St. Patrick’s Place

Through its siting, mixed use and considered use of appropriate technologies, this inner city building invigorates a difficult site and seamlessly integrates all aspects of sustainability on a wider socio- economic scale. From re-use of an existing building, to the sourcing of local materials and the impact on the local community it serves as a model of well mannered urban redevelopment with solid environmental concerns integrated into the design.

Located on a prominently elevated Victorian terrace to the north side of Cork City, this mixed use development presents a confident modern design, in harmony with surrounding heritage, avoiding a pastiche solution commonly adopted in such a context. With careful selection of materials, crafted detailing, and sympathetic proportion, it presents a well considered composition to both Wellington Road and the lower city wide context to the south. Providing quality showroom, office and living accommodation, it includes model solutions in sustainability, and is a welcome addition to this historic part of Cork City.

The development potential of the site was realised with innovative use of a car lift, providing access to a double semi basement.

Articulating the structural solution with detailed stone pilasters and facia’s, a vertical rhythm is created.  The main entrance is announced in composition by extending the stair core to break the parapet line, an eco of the dominant gable of the existing building to the west. The design creates a balance between the aspiration of maximised daylight to the modern working environment, and that of the punched brick facades of the adjacent architecture.

Being a tight city centre plot with limited access, adjacent to a live broadcast radio station, St Patricks Place was a challenging prospect to develop. The full potential of the site was realised by the architect with an innovative mixed-use design. The use of a car lift, accessing a double semi basement, thereby avoiding the spatial requirements for a ramp, allowed near full site coverage. 50% of the fabric of the original dilapidated buildings were maintained on site, and incorporated into the new design.

The design team worked together at an early stage to ensure an economic and sensible approach to sustainable design and were successful in achieving considerable grant aiding from Sustainable Energy Ireland under their Model Solutions programme. 

Being 14 meters over the city in an elevated site, the south elevation is very visible from the city quays below and careful consideration has been given to this elevation, offering wonderful views over Cork City, with floor to ceiling office space and generous balconies to apartments.

The development offers a step change in the quality of city living and working environment to this part of Cork City, and its low energy design features future-proofs the design for years to come.