South Dublin Dockland
A SCHEME EMBEDDED IN PLACE
This cutting edge high-tech commercial office development revealed an open courtyard at the heart of the scheme. Historically this was the site of a windmill, the local landmark synonymous with the area, and where the adjacent street gets its name; Windmill Lane.
CONNECTING WITH THE PAST
During construction, the site archaeologist unearthed the original location of a forgotten windmill, where its original stone footings could still be seen. Rather than wiping these remnants away, our design approach led us to recreate the memory of the windmill and its circular structure, in a contemporary and unique manner. The stone foundations were salvaged and reused to create a visionary, elevating and structured landscape.
What emerged is a wonderful vertical garden, rising up between the glassy buildings on the south side of the Liffey River. The new courtyard space is being used for special events, as an amenity space for office employees, and as a stunning cascading backdrop to the internal office spaces that surround the unique, beautiful structure.