Longmeadow is a mixed development of 143 Apartments, 3 Retail Units and Commercial Offices . The site lies on the north bank of Dublin’s River Liffey opposite a national rail station and overlooking the principle city park directly to the north. It is also just a 15 minute walk from the city centre. The site topography influences the design solution with an 8m fall from the busy urban street edge to the river below.
The project design seeks to establish an animated built edge to the adjoining street, to create a protected and calm inner courtyard that allows an alternative aspect and a secure entrance zone and finally, it seeks to define a new identity and access point to the river bank and its amenities.
The site layout proposes a Riverside block, a central courtyard and a Street side block. The Street side block is a 5-storey shallow plan building with dual aspect apartments with own-door access to the lower 2 levels via a series of stairs that climb directly from the street through the building to partially glazed access galleries to the rear.
The apartments are configured with dual aspect living/dining/kitchen accommodation with living rooms to the north enjoying views to the park while the kitchens face south onto the access galleries and courtyard. Each apartment has lift access to a large landscaped roof garden with views to the city and park.
The Riverside block is an 8-storey building enjoys both a riverside setting and a southerly aspect with views of the Dublin Mountains in the distance. The chosen typology gives each apartment a south facing living room and balcony while the bedrooms face north onto the courtyard. Advantage is taken of the 8m fall across the site to achieve two levels of accommodation below street level at Penthouse level some layouts are amended to give living areas stretching from front to back to take advantage of views of the park over the street side block.
Brick and fair faced concrete are the base materials for the building while the importance of the Riverside elevation is acknowledged by the use of limestone and stainless steel.