O’Devaney Gardens, a 278-unit social housing complex in Dublin's inner city, has been recognised for its contribution to high quality housing design at the RIAI (Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland) Awards 2023, announced on Thursday.
The scheme, designed by Dublin City Council’s City Architect's Division, consists of 56 social housing units, in a mix of energy-efficient terraced housing and apartments above basements. The buildings are punctuated externally by a mix of brick and brick expression facades which, together with the detailing of the private balconies, enhances the overall attractiveness of the development.
The RIAI described the project as "a great exemplar of a low-rise, medium-density housing model that creates a quality pocket neighbourhood. The combination of own-door homes and walk-up units are successfully arranged to create a compact and vibrant community. The saw-tooth form with in-between, upper-level gardens provides an interesting rhythm along the street. The scheme successfully addresses and activates the public street while also creating an internal shared courtyard space for the residents."
As employer’s representative on the scheme, Roughan & O’Donovan (ROD) led the administration of the public works contract on the council’s behalf and acted as the main point of contact with the scheme contractor. We ensured the project was fully compliant with the requirements of the public works contract and oversaw delivery of a high quality solution for our client.