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Temple Bar Framework Plan

The Temple Bar Framework Plan was designed and executed by Group 91 - a consortium of young Dublin architects, including Paul Keogh and Rachael Chidlow.

In 1991, Group 91 were the ‘wild card’ winners of the invited design competition for the framework plan, and the eight practices in the group were subsequently commissioned as consultant architects for the project.

The plan proposed - radically at the time - a series of new pedestrian public spaces and routes through the area, and an architectural dialogue between contemporary architecture and the historic urban fabric which gives Temple Bar its unique identity.

In addition to our overall contribution to the framework plan, PKA’s projects included Meeting House Square, the Sycamore Street Mixed- use Building, the Gaiety School of Acting and The Eden Restaurant design.

PKA also prepared the Parliament Street traffic calming scheme, and specific design proposals for building uses, development strategies, traffic management, pedestrianisation, furniture, lighting and landscaping throughout the area.

The Temple Bar Framework Plan has been widely acknowledged as an urban design project of international significance, and for setting a new agenda for urban regeneration and architectural design in Dublin. It has received numerous awards and commendations, and featured in architecture and lifestyle magazines across the world.

In addition, Group 91 was awarded the Union of International Architects’ Abercrombie Medal – one of international architecture’s most prestigious prizes – for its work on this landmark urban re- generation project.

Client: Temple Bar Properties

Value: n/a
Size: 12 acres

Reference: Mr. Joe Melvin, Project Manager, Temple Bar Properties
Design: 1991
Completion: 1995

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