Sean Treacy House
Dublin City Council’s Sean Treacy House redevelopment is a major element of the North East Inner City Integrated Area Plan, an ambitious initiative to regenerate this long-neglected part of the city.
PKA were commissioned in 2001 for the project involving demolition of existing 1960’s flat blocks, and their replacement with a new mixed housing development comprising own-door houses, duplexes and apartments.
The scheme contains 53 units and a local community facility. Organised around a semi-private raised courtyard, above a single level of car parking, the courtyard is enclosed by three and four storey duplex blocks, with six storeys onto Buckingham Street.
PKA’s design has prioritised urban design and residential amenity in equal measure; the scheme completes the streetscape between Summerhill and Empress Place; while the courtyard - and each unit’s private outdoor space - contributes to the creation of a high level of residential amenity for the residents.
The perimeter block layout maximises passive supervision, both of the courtyard and of the surrounding streets; and all lower level units have own-door access, thus contributing to a lively streetscape and the creation of a secure residential environment.
PKA’s plan was developed in collaboration with the city architect’s department, the city planners, elected members, the NEIC management team, and local community groups.
Construction commenced in summer 2009 and the project was completed on time and on budget in June 2011. It was awarded Best Overall Housing Project and Best Regeneration Project in the Irish Council for Social Housing Awards for 2010-2011.
Client: Dublin City Council
Size: 53 No. units & community centre
Reference: Mr. Kieran Gallagher, Deputy City Architect, DCC.