The proposed development consists of a purpose built five storey over basement retail and apartment development. The ground floor consists of retail space with an entrance area off Chatham Street and restaurant accessed from Balfe Street. The residential element consists of a total of 14 luxurious apartments with a mix of 1, 2 and 3 bed units.
The strategy was not to try to mimic the contextual model, but to create a building with a distinct geometry which ties into its surroundings while making a clear distinction between the proposed scheme and the adjoining protected structure at Harry Street. The proportions of the proposed building make it quite slender and so fits quite neatly into the urban fabric. Along all elevations the relief and articulation of the facade provides an opportunity for light to reveal the quality of the brickwork and the spaces behind.
In contrast the glazing at ground floor allows for maximum transparency and a sense of openness while maintaining the established character of the area. To separate these elements is the shelf that marks a clear separation between the uses of retail and residential. Using a simple palette of brick, glass and naturally anodised aluminium the approach is to allow the generous depth of the facade to create a visually attractive building.
Fincon Developments Ltd.
Chatham Street, Dublin 2