Since it’s inception as common land for grazing sheep, the area encompassing Harold’s Cross ‘Triangle’ has had an imperative civil significance. Whilst Harold’s Cross Park today is no doubt its most valuable pubic amenity, the orbiting urban fabric has seen a decline in its municipal presence through dilapidation and the exodus of important institutions. This has led to a loss of it’s village atmosphere. Further more the surrounding street scape has been dispossessed of it’s connection to the park by an artery of high volume traffic which creates both a physical and psychological barrier. Harold’s Cross has become a route rather than a destination
Programmatically we decided to install a number of buildings with communal and social uses. These included a Town Hall, a Community Centre and a short term apartment complex to service visitors attending services at Mount Jerome or the Hospice. This network would be woven with public space, retail units and housing. We believe this will greatly expand the areas capability to host communal actives, chance encounters and public life.
In repairing the existing urban fabric our first response was to redirect traffic from the Western rise of the park, a move that we believe will both slow down and discourage traffic. This would allow us to reintegrate the park with the surrounding street front, creating a harmonious common space where the division between the park and street are blurred.
Further more by forging visual connections and reopening routes between to Harold’s Cross’ major institutions including Mount Jerome, the Hospice and the proposed school we hope to create a more logical accord to Harold’s Cross’ urban fabric.
By Stephen Everitt, Andrew O’Driscoll, Kristin Sleator and Michael Sykes
The masterplan aims to create a vibrant medieval hub at Mount Argus Church to serve the residents of the wider Mount Argus and Harold’s Cross area. The outer fringe consists of a broad range of housing projects. The walls of Mount Argus act as the main hub of the settlement, with newly created public squares in front of Mount Argus church.
The ambition of the new public space is to bring commercial life to Mount Argus, and to improve Social Connections in the area. We have introduced a café to the east and a Sunday market to the main square with the aim of encouraging interaction between neighbours. A diverse mixed development is proposed inside the walls of the old Mount Argus Monastery to include student living, assisted living and childcare facilities, bringing together and connecting people of differing age.
The new Horticultural college addresses Cultural Re-Activation and Ecological Growth. This aims to support the new diverse educational culture in the area, allowing people to develop skills in garden cultivation. There are 3 walled gardens in the college, each hosting a different function.
We have also aimed to create a new urban ecology throughout the area. The Marlet housing currently under development is re imagined as an extension of Mount Argus Park with a large quantity of trees and shrubs planted throughout the site. A new tree lined avenue is designed to connect the co-operative housing scheme and the horticultural college.
By Ryan Donnelly, Matthew Gillen, Stephen Mawhinney and Darren Williams
GreenMount Office Park is located at the northern most point of Harold’s Cross, closest to the city centre and Griffith College. The ambition for this site was to reactivate this fragmented corner of the town, interweave it back into the proposed redevelopment of the canal in parallel to the site and to become the node point as you enter over Harold’s Cross bridge into the town. We want to improve social connections in Harold’s Cross by reintegrating GreenMount Office Park into the fabric of the Harold’s Cross Community, creating a thriving multi-diverse living system within the boundary of the site, as well as introducing pedestrian fluidity via multiple public routes through the site, reconnecting GreenMount with its surroundings and the greater Harold’s Cross community. We feel that by including a multi-diverse living system, accommodating the elderly, families and students, with generous and well developed semi-private and public garden resting spaces and the inclusion of offices to the North of the site allows the element of Work, Rest, Play to be prominent throughout the whole site, providing a lease of life throughout the whole day.
By Kate Masquelier, Kate Mc Cormack and Shane Redmond
This project is based upon the creation of a sequence of experiences throughout the Kenilworth Cinema Site which will create a much needed destination for the residents of Harold’s Cross as well as the greater community. Our aim is to re-activate the rich cinematic culture which Harold’s Cross once enjoyed with the re-introduction of a series cinema screens throughout the site. To accompany this series of cinematic experiences we plan to introduce a micro brewery as well as a public house, which will give Harold’s Cross a sense of identity with the production of craft cider. The architecture on the site will form a series of outdoor spaces. The central plaza facilitates the establishment of the orchard and green space. As well as this the experience of meandering through food markets will be established to facilitate the needs of Harold’s Cross residents. The Kenilworth Cinema Site will transform into a node in which surrounding residents and on site residents of all ages will come for amusement and relief. The creation of permeability into the site through the backland lanes will make the experiences much more accessible while also creating connections with neighbouring projects.
By Denise O’Leary and Sean Byrne
Intention for Our Lady’s Hospice is to turn it into a garden. We want to provide a space to enable reflection and rehabilitation of the inhabitants and patients of the Hospice some of which are at various stages towards the end of their life, others are living with life limiting illnesses. Addressing Point 01. Social Connections, we want to reintegrate the Hospice into the fabric of the Harold’s Cross Community. Addressing Point 03. Ecological Growth we feel that by turning the Hospice into a garden with a public and private realm we can achieve this. Addressing Point 03. Cultural Re-activation, we hope the gardens will be a catalyst to a healthier lifestyle for the Harold’s Cross Community.
There were a number of things we noticed on our initial visit to Our Lady’s Hospice. Firstly, there was a lack of definition within the site and as a result a lack of privacy for the patients. Circulation between buildings and within the site was unclear and also there was an over-reliance on the vehicle. We felt that the Hospice needed clear definition of private and public realms and a stronger pedestrian route. We continued the “street” up to and including an “urban bracket” containing public facilites which define the public garden. We also wanted to reference the history of the site and so we maintained the existing pedestrian route and referenced the Mill Pond by placed Hydrotherapy Pools in the former location of the Mill Pond. We also reinstated the Greenmount Avenue link between Mount Jerome, the Hospice and Greenmount Industrial Estate.
We identified a number of facilities which would improve the Hospice including a Day Care Center, Hydrotherapy Pools, Main Reception Area, residential units for Assisted Living Accommodation and redevelopment of the existing Restaurant and Administration Building. A number of these buildings are located within the “urban bracket” and create a clear delineation between private and public.
By Jessica Laffan, Shane Wright and Bayan Al-yahyaai
Intention for Mt Jerome Cemetery is to re-imagine what a cemetery is by giving this “dead” space in the center of Harolds Cross a new lease of life with the addition of a new Masonry Apprenticeship Yard, Crematorium and Forest Landscape. Addressing Point 01. Social Connections, we have created new routes through Mt Jerome Cemetery to so The Cycle of Life Seal connect the Harolds Cross Community. Addressing Point 02. Civic Heart, these routes connect directly to the Civic Heart and open Mt Jerome up to the public. Addressing Point 03.Cultural Re-activation, we hope that developing Mt Jerome Cemetery into a green space will help the Harolds Cross community live healthier lifestyles and alter their perceptions of cemeteries. Addressing Point 04. Ecological Growth, by developing this barren landscape into a Green Space we are improving the quality of life for the Harold’s Cross community. Addressing Point 06. Work, Rest, Play, all three of these activities will take place on Mt Jerome’s 48 acer site with Stone Masons and Funeral Directors working, people resting and reflecting in the forest and adults and children alike cycling and playing among the trees in the forest.
Mt Jerome Cemetery accounts for 40% of the Green Space in Harold’s Cross and by planting a forest and opening the Space up to the Community it could drastically improve the quality of life for the residents of Harold’s Cross. The allocation of a tree to individuals wishing to be buried in Mt Jerome Cemetery is a symbol of the circular of life and the continuation of life after death. The growth of the forest provides a wonderful natural environment for local animal species to thrive. The redesign of the Crematorium allows for a more pleasant funeral experience and the redesign of the Mount Jerome Monumental works adds an extra element to the design by incorporating a residential element into the scheme. The implication of this design will take some time but the Harold’s Cross Community could have a flourishing Forest Landscape, Crematorium and Masons Yard in less than 50 years.
By Sarah Gibney
Crematorium by Valerija Kazackova
Landscape by Ahmed Hameedi
For this project, the ambition was to design a secondary school to be placed into the site where Harold’s Cross Greyhound Stadium once was. The school is designed with the idea of educate-together and also to be environmentally friendly. There has been a link created that flows right from the proposed residential scheme located south on the site and works its way up through the school which consists of fragmented towers made of rammed earth, then past the men’s shed which facilitates the learning of trade skills and agriculture for the local people of Harold’s Cross, through the proposed apartment complex that is to be built and finally ending north at the proposed crèche at the St.Clares Convent and primary school site.
While this scenic link through the sites gives the user plenty to take in, we have designed a multi-purpose sports hall which encloses our entrance plaza alongside the Men’s Shed. The user can also reach these via the newly designed Luas line and stop right outside Peggy Kelly’s Pub.
While the aim of the brief that we set ourselves was to create a school which was badly needed, we also wanted to use the schools surrounding areas to create an educational hub that ould mould into the urban fabric of Harold’s Cross.
Creche by Chloe Cattan
Housing by Ruba Al-Abbasi
School by Majella Walsh, Adam Maloney and Ronan Tiernan