Ranelagh, Dublin

Metropolitan Workshop was commissioned to carry out feasibility work and subsequent planning application on a former light industrial site in Ranelagh, Dublin. The extremely sensitive back land site is surrounded on all 4 sides by protected residential structures.

The scheme was developed to overcome sensitivities such as overlooking and visual impact while at the same time providing generous, modern houses with ample outdoor amenity space. The constraints of the site and grain of the surrounding streets has informed a linear proposal of houses along a single sided shared surface street.

Team: Torque Consulting Engineers (Structures and Drainage) / Doyle Kent (Planning) / 7L Architects (Heritage) / AIT Urbanism (Landscape)

The elevational treatment takes its cue from the surrounding period terraces with a red brick multi with natural variations forms the primary facade materials on the main terrace. Various panels of patterned brickwork including stack bonded soldier course and fluted elements are arranged on the facade reflecting the existing decorative brick patterns found on Annesley Park, Killeen Road, and Ormond Road.

Jonny McKenna, Director at Metropolitan Workshop’s Dublin studio:
“Annesley Gardens demonstrates how carefully modelled schemes can bring forward characterful places on backland urban sites. Increasing densities close to existing services and transport links delivers on the government’s aspiration to build 40% of new homes within the built-up footprint of existing settlements”.