Elm Park Mixed Use Development, Merrion Road, Dublin, Ireland. Completed 2009. area: 100,000 m2
       
     
 Fig. 1 overview from south
       
     
 Fig. 2 novartis office building, south and east elevations, conference centre
       
     
 Fig. 3 west facade, office building, landscape, and canopy  
       
     
 Fig. 4 west facade office building, sloped landscape and canopy
       
     
 Fig. 5 east facade and atrium, office building, canopy in landscape
       
     
 Fig. 6 east facade, hotel and hospital building
       
     
 Fig. 7 view from sea shore to south, north facade hotel and hospital  
       
     
 Fig. 8 west facade, hotel and hospital
       
     
 Fig. 9 west facade hotel and hospital, canopy in landscape
       
     
 Fig. 10 view to south across landscape, canopy, east facade office building  
       
     
 Fig. 11 south facade office building
       
     
 Fig. 12 detail, west facade office building
       
     
 Fig. 13 detail, west facade office building
       
     
 Fig. 14 detail, west facade office building
       
     
 Fig. 15 detail, east facade office building
       
     
 Fig. 16 thin atrium office building, interior
       
     
 Fig. 17 thin atrium office building
       
     
 Fig. 18 office building interior
       
     
 Fig. 19 detail, west facade office building  
       
     
 Fig. 20 detail, canopy
       
     
 Fig. 21 residential building, leisure centre and swimming pool, the bay, west facade  
       
     
 Fig. 22 south facade residential building, the links, west facade residential building, the bay, with swimming pool in between.
       
     
 Fig. 23 above roof gardens of the residential building, the bay, and west facade office building  
       
     
 Fig. 24 winter garden, office building
       
     
 Fig. 25 east facade and entrances, residential building, the bay  
       
     
 Fig. 26 ventilation and light opening to basement parking under office building
       
     
 Fig. 27 project overview, axonometric diagram
       
     
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Elm Park Mixed Use Development, Merrion Road, Dublin, Ireland. Completed 2009. area: 100,000 m2
       
     
Elm Park Mixed Use Development, Merrion Road, Dublin, Ireland. Completed 2009. area: 100,000 m2

The project consists of a Hotel + Hospital, Three Office Buildings, Leisure Centre, Conference Centre, Day Care Centre, Two Apartment Buildings, Senior Citizen Housing, and a public Park

The project is a new type of urban development; a dense environmentally renewing city; a unified functionally diverse environment, composed of buildings, landscape, place and energy – an environment where the landscape facilitates movement, creates connections between activities and people, provides a place for people to live, work, and have leisure time. Buildings are oriented along the north-south axis to maximise the use of passive energy, and have a compact footprint minimising their impact on the ground plane, while connecting this urban site with the seaside and mountain landscape that defines Dublin.  A rich mix of uses ensures an ongoing 24-hour ebb and flow of life on the site.

A large urban garden covers the ground floor level. The buildings are raised above this garden landscape with open courtyards oriented on the north–south axis framing views of the mountains beyond and providing orienting reference points within the overall scheme.  A public concourse connects the gardens and links all the buildings, becoming a meeting place, with large public spaces sheltered by canopies made of timber glass and steel.

The buildings are designed as low energy buildings, creating internal climates without the use of air conditioning ; instead the building’s fabric and form have been composed to produce an environment which is physiologically balanced with human’s need for comfort, and minimizes the use of energy.  The building’s large west facing ‘thin atria’ act as ventilation lungs for the building, maintaining the internal temperatures comfortable range without mechanical ventilation systems or air conditioning.

The residential buildings are designed give each individual apartment a clear relationship with the outside, and a flexible facade to manage that relationship.  Inside and outside spaces are separated with a variable facade, maximising terraced spaces and balconies, these variable configurations enable residents to modify the internal environment with their lifestyle, and manage the variable climate in Dublin.

Photography : Michael Moran

 Fig. 1 overview from south
       
     

Fig. 1
overview from south

 Fig. 2 novartis office building, south and east elevations, conference centre
       
     

Fig. 2
novartis office building, south and east elevations, conference centre

 Fig. 3 west facade, office building, landscape, and canopy  
       
     

Fig. 3
west facade, office building, landscape, and canopy
 

 Fig. 4 west facade office building, sloped landscape and canopy
       
     

Fig. 4
west facade office building, sloped landscape and canopy

 Fig. 5 east facade and atrium, office building, canopy in landscape
       
     

Fig. 5
east facade and atrium, office building, canopy in landscape

 Fig. 6 east facade, hotel and hospital building
       
     

Fig. 6
east facade, hotel and hospital building

 Fig. 7 view from sea shore to south, north facade hotel and hospital  
       
     

Fig. 7
view from sea shore to south, north facade hotel and hospital
 

 Fig. 8 west facade, hotel and hospital
       
     

Fig. 8
west facade, hotel and hospital

 Fig. 9 west facade hotel and hospital, canopy in landscape
       
     

Fig. 9
west facade hotel and hospital, canopy in landscape

 Fig. 10 view to south across landscape, canopy, east facade office building  
       
     

Fig. 10
view to south across landscape, canopy, east facade office building
 

 Fig. 11 south facade office building
       
     

Fig. 11
south facade office building

 Fig. 12 detail, west facade office building
       
     

Fig. 12
detail, west facade office building

 Fig. 13 detail, west facade office building
       
     

Fig. 13
detail, west facade office building

 Fig. 14 detail, west facade office building
       
     

Fig. 14
detail, west facade office building

 Fig. 15 detail, east facade office building
       
     

Fig. 15
detail, east facade office building

 Fig. 16 thin atrium office building, interior
       
     

Fig. 16
thin atrium office building, interior

 Fig. 17 thin atrium office building
       
     

Fig. 17
thin atrium office building

 Fig. 18 office building interior
       
     

Fig. 18
office building interior

 Fig. 19 detail, west facade office building  
       
     

Fig. 19
detail, west facade office building
 

 Fig. 20 detail, canopy
       
     

Fig. 20
detail, canopy

 Fig. 21 residential building, leisure centre and swimming pool, the bay, west facade  
       
     

Fig. 21
residential building, leisure centre and swimming pool, the bay, west facade
 

 Fig. 22 south facade residential building, the links, west facade residential building, the bay, with swimming pool in between.
       
     

Fig. 22
south facade residential building, the links, west facade residential building, the bay, with swimming pool in between.

 Fig. 23 above roof gardens of the residential building, the bay, and west facade office building  
       
     

Fig. 23
above roof gardens of the residential building, the bay, and west facade office building
 

 Fig. 24 winter garden, office building
       
     

Fig. 24
winter garden, office building

 Fig. 25 east facade and entrances, residential building, the bay  
       
     

Fig. 25
east facade and entrances, residential building, the bay
 

 Fig. 26 ventilation and light opening to basement parking under office building
       
     

Fig. 26
ventilation and light opening to basement parking under office building

 Fig. 27 project overview, axonometric diagram
       
     

Fig. 27
project overview, axonometric diagram

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