The Village Square at Rathbourne is one of two local centres proposed in a new residential quarter to the west of Dublin City. Rathbourne Village is a sustainable residential development of family houses, duplex units and apartments that will eventually accommodate over 2000 dwellings. In turn Rathbourne Village is one half of a larger development of 4000 units in this new suburb located between the Tolka Valley and the Royal Canal. To date over 1100 dwellings have been completed and occupied at Rathbourne and the Village Square accounts for 259 of that number.
The Village Square is located at the western edge of the site next to Ashtown railway station and forms the retail and social core of the new community. The layout includes a large stepped public square, the Market Square, surrounded by shops, a supermarket, a medical centre and cafes with a landmark eight storey apartment building marking the entrance to the Village and the railway station.
To the east is a residential square with six storey apartment buildings surrounding a landscaped south facing garden. The Royal Canal skirts the southern boundary of the Village Square where a pavilion restaurant bar is placed between the Square and the canal edge. The restaurant bar and a café at the base of the landmark building face the waterfront on the refurbished tow path beside the new docking bay for barges. Waterfront seating on the south facing plaza in front of the café and bar has served as a popular open air venue. A new pedestrian bridge links the Village to the railway station.
The Village Square comprises 2,800 Sqm of retail space and 259 apartments. There is a mix of 1, 2 and 3 bed apartments with private shared space in the eastern square, and in the five floors of apartments over the supermarket on the western side of the Market Square. Pigmented plaster, brick and natural timber forms the general pallet of materials.