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Silver Housing Medal Winner 1994-1996

  • The Printworks, Temple Bar
  • Architect:
    Derek Tynan Architects
  • Award Year: 1994-1996
  • Location: Dublin
The Printworks, Temple Bar


The Printworks by Derek Tynan Architects is a mixed-use development comprising on-street commercial development on East Essex Street and Temple Lane in Temple Bar, Dublin 2.  Above is a ten-unit residential development centred around a courtyard, entered from street level by a single staircase access.

The urban context is the renewal of the Temple Bar area, within which the Framework Plan identified specific opportunities for both renewal and conservation.  This development is part-new and part-conserved buildings.

The commercial buildings dominate the street frontage, the section stepping back for residential balconies and borrowing light for second-level offices from the residential courtyard over.  This courtyard is contained by one-bedroom duplex units with balconies on the street-side, giving the development a height of four storeys.  In addition, a single two-bedroom unit and several one-bedroom apartments contain the northern side of the courtyard, these being entered from several levels.  A private, sun-lit roof garden for residents tops the fifth floor.

The external finishes are stucco and simply proportioned and detailed steel-framed doors and windows.  An exception to this treatment is the upper-level Essex Street brink-fronted apartment wall that is manifestly less successful in design terms.

This development is a thoroughly considered ensemble of uses and volumes, consistently and thoughtfully detailed with a scale and orientation that make it an oasis in the midst of street-level urban activity.  It stands as a singular example of how highly crafted design can contribute to the quality of renewal and regeneration for the future of urban living.  For this, the Silver Medal Award for Housing is made by the jury.