Roebuck is a scheme of 106 apartments and duplex units and 400 sqm of retail space on a .8 hectare / 2 acre site in the grounds of Roebuck House, a listed eighteenth century house in south suburban Dublin. The development fronts onto two main roads with a reservation for a proposed motorway on the western side. The development takes advantage of a series of gentle slopes and level changes to provide access directly from the roadway on the northern boundary to a basement car park, the roof of which forms a podium and landscaped courtyard for the enveloping residential development. The car park, with spaces for 160 cars, is screened by a convenience store and office space at street level with pedestrian access through a colonnaded entry court and a stairway to the courtyard and the residential levels above.

The residential development is generally three storeys in height with limited fourth storey elements.  There is a wide variety of dwelling types with duplexes, apartments and town houses. They are four distinct buildings of very different character, around the enclosed central courtyard. The Atrium building on the west side has a spacious 4 storey central hall with glazed rooms from the apartments on both sides projecting into the space and a central stairway serving all floors. 

 

The full height atrium space is placed directly on the axis Roebuck House creating a framed vista and focal point .The Concourse building on the northern side over the shops and entry court has a short central corridor leading to an access deck which serves the duel aspect apartments.  

It presents a strong curve on the prominent north east corner. The Promenade building fronts onto the eastern roadside, and presents a row of own door 'houses' with apartments above, each clearly articulated. Finally The Pavilion, which is the fourth apartment building, completes the Southern side of the inner courtyard, and runs along the tree-lined driveway to Roebuck House. There is a mature garden between this building and the atrium building with views across the grassed court to Roebuck House.

The scheme design sets out to demonstrate  how a low rise development in a suburban infill location can achieve a relatively high density of 133 dwellings per hectare /53 dwellings to the acre, while providing a wide variety of spacious dwellings with good daylighting and aspect and generous public spaces. Many of the apartments have both balconies and wintergardens. The external finish is a yellow brick with Rationel aluminium faced joinery.

 

 

Portrait of author John O'Mahony

TEXT BY: JOHN O'MAHONY

Author: John O'Mahony

  • Address South Dublin
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  • Area8,000 m ²
  • Size106 Apts
  • Contractor Elliot Construction
  • Status Completed
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