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Custom House Docks

Dublin, Ireland

Envisioned to bring a waterfront renaissance to the heart of Dublin, the master plan for this historic 23-acre site extends the city’s nearby downtown by establishing a mix-use docklands.  The 1.2 million s.f. development, incorporating several restored warehouses and underground vaults, blends new buildings with Dublin’s rich historic heritage.

 

Moving beyond  integrated components for living, working, shopping, culture and recreation, the scheme creates new civic spaces and reclaims major frontage on the river Liffey for public access, day and night.  The program for Custom House Docks responds to its landmark site: it works within the historic skeletal plan of circulation ways around existing docks.  With waterside esplanades, floating docks, a marina, and riverfront town houses, people will once again enjoy the water’s edge.

 

The  480,000 s.f. International Financial Services Center (IFSC) spearheaded the construction of this project.

 

Program:

Five commercial office buildings, including an International Trade Center, support the IFSC, along with 200 waterfront residential units, hotel and conference center, museums, retail shops, pubs, restaurants, a multi-cinema complex, an entertainment center, a community center, and parking.

 

Completion:

1992-6 (Phased)

 

Client:

Hardwick/McInerny/British Land/
Custom House Docks Authority

 

mixed-use/urban design

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