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Hanover Quay in Dublin wins Prestigious Silver Medal for Housing

Published: Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The Minister for Housing and Local Services, Urban Renewal and Developing Areas, Mr Michael Finneran TD presented the RIAI Silver Medal for Housing to O’Mahony Pike Architects at the National Housing Conference in Sligo . The project for which the medal was presented was the mixed use development at Hanover Quay/ Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, Dublin 2. Presented every two years, the Biennial Silver Medal is the RIAI’s premier housing award which encourages and celebrates excellence of design in housing. All of the projects considered for this year’s medal were completed between 2005 and 2006.

View the RTE News clip of the Silver Medal presentation

O’Mahony Pike was also Highly Commended for its housing project in Fitzwilliam Quay, Dublin 2 and Paul Keogh Architects was Highly Commended for its St Josephs Court Housing project in Gorey, Co Wexford. Simon J Kelly and Partners were Commended for Cluain Padraig Housing in Co Mayo as were Gerry Cahill Architects for Hazel Grove Transitional Housing in Donabate. Co.Dublin.

Commenting on behalf of the judging panel, Derek Tynan, Chair said

“The Silver Medal acknowledges housing design which has stood the test of time, this is why all eligible housing designs have had over two years to settle into their position. The Hanover Quay project has proven to be a truly sustainable development, one which remains attractive for both families and couples to live in and also one which carefully and creatively includes retail and commercial accommodation.”

The following is a synopsis of the citations from the judging panel.

RIAI BIENNIAL SILVER MEDAL 2005-2006

Hanover Quay/Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, Dublin 2
Architects: O’Mahony Pike Architects

Hanover Quay / Sir John Rogerson's Quay by O'Mahony Pike Architects

Hanover Quay, a mixed-use but primarily residential development running between the River Liffey at Sir John Rogerson’s Quay and the Grand Canal Basin at Hanover Quay was initiated by the Dublin Docklands Development Authority as a component in the regeneration of the Grand Canal Dock area.

As a mixed-use development providing a high quality residential environment, it is a model for integrated, high density urban regeneration, successfully combining retail and commercial uses with 292 mixed tenure dwellings, including a significant number of family orientated, ground level, own door units, which animate the public realm. In its programme it is typical of a large number of schemes built in the last ten years on high value brownfield sites with consequently severe commercial pressures. Unlike most, this scheme succeeds in resolving those competing demands, producing a significant residential exemplar.

There is invention and originality in the generously sized dwelling types and their arrangement, careful handling of the thresholds between public and private and an assured articulation of the hierarchy of individual and communal entrances. The communal courtyards, though somewhat interrupted by the voids ventilating the basement car park, provide active play space for family residents. The facades, while displaying the scalar difficulties attached to larger precast panels in some instances, are enlivened by the fully glazed winter garden balconies, giving the development its iconic image onto the Grand Canal basin.

As a model of the assured handling of a highly complex brief to provide high quality sustainable development, Hanover Quay establishes a new benchmark for emerging, high density urban architecture, and is accordingly awarded the Silver Medal for Housing.

View the RTE News clip of the Silver Medal presentation

HIGHLY COMMENDED

St Joseph’s Court Sheltered Housing & Hostel, Gorey, Co. Wexford
Architects: Paul Keogh Architects

St Joseph’s Court Sheltered Housing & Hostel, Gorey, Co. Wexford

Commissioned by the Society of St Vincent de Paul, with the assistance of the Local Authority, St Joseph’s Court is a carefully considered project, providing sheltered housing and hostel accommodation by utilising an existing building and a back land site in the centre of Gorey town. The Jury particularly noted the architect’s understanding of the Brief, the empathy with the client and the high level of satisfaction expressed by both the commissioning client and the residents who enjoy well-managed but independent housing, availing directly of the town’s amenities.

The memorable central space characterises the scheme, the arrangement of building volumes complimenting its orientation and aspect, allowing maximum sunlight penetration. The skillfully and thoughtfully designed threshold between the individual buildings and the communal space, providing opportunities for planting, sitting and socialising, is an object lesson in attention to detail and the use of limited resources and a restrained palette for both landscape and buildings to bring delight into architecture and place-making.

HIGHLY COMMENDED

11-12 Fitzwilliam Quay, Dublin 4
Architects: O’Mahony Pike Architects

11-12 Fitzwilliam Quay, Dublin 4

Fitzwilliam Quay, through an innovative site strategy and dwelling design exploits an existing context and confined site with restricted frontage onto the River Dodder at Ringsend to create a highly particular private residential development of 55 dwellings.

Two book-end blocks accommodate and terminate the pattern of earlier generation apartments to the south, maintaining southerly aspect for the site, while allowing the development of the site in depth through creating an attenuated space perpendicular to the river, generating frontage, aspect and views – however oblique – westwards to the Dodder. Supported by an innovative range of dual aspect and interlocking duplex apartment types, the scheme maximises the opportunities for engagement with the space through circulation elements of cascading stairs, lobbies and bridges.

COMMENDED

Cluain Padraig Housing, Westport, Co Mayo
Architects: Simon J Kelly & Partners

Cluain Padraig Housing, Westport, Co Mayo

The Cluain Padraig scheme on the outskirts of Westport, Co Mayo is an accomplished response to the most trenchant and difficult housing typology – speculatively built, medium density housing on the edges of our towns and cities. A significant proportion of new Irish housing is located in such conditions – conditions that are not easily reduced to simple characterisation. The primary site strategy and the organisation of the principal two dwellings types establish a central landscaped space, giving a singular identity to the scheme, the main terrace of 12 two storey houses providing a layered interface between the public front and the individual dwellings.

COMMENDED

Hazel Grove Transitional Housing, Donabate, Co Dublin
Architects: Gerry Cahill Architects

Hazel Grove Transitional Housing, Donabate, Co Dublin

Hazel Grove, commissioned and operated by the Sophia Housing Association, provides, in association with Fingal County Council, transitional and supported residential accommodation in twenty dwellings and ancillary spaces at the suburban edge of Donabate, which residents typically avail of for up to 2 years. This is demanding work, providing the opportunity for those on the periphery of our society to avail of a supported living environment. The Jury noted the client satisfaction with the development, borne out of the architect’s appreciation of the particularities of the Brief, arising from previous successful projects for the Housing Association.

The scheme is a response to the transitional nature of the accommodation, with an emphasis upon shared communal space, experienced in a well-judged asymmetrical central space, which gives the scheme a specific and secure communal identity.

About the Silver Medal
The Silver Medal for Housing is awarded by the RIAI every two years to acknowledge outstanding achievement in architectural design in housing. The medal scheme is integral to the work of the RIAI and its commitment to excellence and sustainability in the built environment.

The Silver Medal Jury for 2009 were Sean Harrington, Sean Harrington Architects; Gary Lysaght, FKL Architects; Michael McGarry,McGarry Ni Eanaigh Architects; Sterrin O’Shea, Sterrin O’Shea Architects and Derek Tynan, DTA Architects (Chair)

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