MOUNT TALLANT PLAZA by Anders O’Donoghue

The concept was to create a ‘gateway building’ to Harold’s Cross which would also be a focal point and anchor to the public plaza situated on its south side. The building changes your perception of Harold’s Cross as it is seen from many points around the greater area. I tried to do a relatively simple structure that reflects the Georgian plot module and an elevation system of interlocking proportions. The almost double height ground floor space is inhabited by the south facing restaurant, with outdoor seating that spills into the plaza, and a small supermarket that services the local community. The separated core from the main floor space creates two slender volumes interacting with each other, and gives a separate identity to the office space. The first to fifth floor would be allocated for small to medium sized start-up businesses looking to get a foothold in the Dublin market, creating more jobs for the Harold’s Cross community.


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