2010 – Dublin Dental Hospital, South Leinster St., Dublin
The project takes on five contiguous Protected Structures in central Dublin and converts them to new uses for the Dublin Dental Hospital. The approach is a combination of careful conservation with strong modern intervention into the fabric. The five terraced houses – a piece of city, archaeology and typology combined, will be upgraded, using voids and fireplaces for services and retaining doors and older materials and surfaces where possible; small linkages and corners are formed to make more useful suites of rooms.
The rooftop is transformed by the addition of zinc pods overlooking Trinity College containing a new library and art gallery; lightwell stalks are dropped through the fabric to bring light to lower levels, forming niches and spaces around a corridor intervention linking the houses laterally. Dublin – a city of individual houses- should have a roofscape of such terraces and viewing platforms.