public realm design
- Cliënt: Dublin Port Authority
- Team: OBB architects
- Year, status: 2014, competition selected
The East wall Road roughly marks the historic boundary between land and sea and is formed by an impressively crafted limestone wall. Our design proposes removing sections of the wall to open up views into the port precinct, yet retaining parts of the wall to remind us of its historical significance. As an object, the wall becomes more art than obstacle, strutted with stainless steel edges and framing views into the port, to be lit up at night. A system of low steel railings, are optional along the open sections for security and safety.
When water plays such an important role for a port is should be expressed in different ways. Our design proposes to create a water garden around the Port Centre in the form of a rain garden, creating an impressive foil for the monolithic concrete structure. The rain garden has sequences of aquatic plantings , that clean the water and provide a relaxing green setting. An amenity and interpretive route for visitors and staff is integrated into the gardens, using of system of boardwalks, where existing and new art pieces can be discovered. As well as a green amenity with boardwalks, seating areas and attractive planting, the rain garden will have an important environmental role for the port precinct. Similar to an urban sponge, the garden collects, retains and cleans the surface water runoff from the port precinct, attenuating and cleansing the water before discharging.