2004 - ongoing
East Wall, Dublin 1
Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland / Best Sustainable Building - Commended
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Located at the eastern end of Dublin’s north docklands, Point Village takes its name from its location alongside Dublin’s largest theatre and events venue. The exceptionally well-connected site – only 12 minutes by light rail from the capital’s main thoroughfare and 10 minutes via road-tunnel from the international airport – offered itself as the ideal location for a high-density, mixed use development to serve as the district centre for the project population growth in the surrounding docklands area.
STW were responsible for masterplanning the entire 3.5 hectare site to provide a sustainable and viable mix of commercial, residential and leisure uses to generate activity across an 18 hour day as required under the Local Area Plan and as befitting a truly vibrant town centre.
Measuring over 100,000sqm, the seven-storey over triple basement development is one of the single largest mixed use buildings ever constructed in Ireland, comprising a 250 bedroom 4 star hotel, a shopping centre with over 40 retail and 12 restaurant units, a six screen cinema, and four levels of office accommodation and 1000 car spaces under one roof, addressing a major new public square planned around the terminus of the light rail line. STW have also secured planning consent for two residential buildings - one a slender 32 storey tower containing 150 apartments.
The extraordinary architectural quality of the finished project belies the significant technical complexity of the project, including the design of a super-spanning transfer structure and a fire safety strategy to accommodate the divergent needs of multiple use classes.
The completed building achieves excellent environmental credentials in a design which maximises natural daylight and ventilation, and exceeds Part L standards by 20%. Efficient on-site Combined Heat & Power reduces CO2 emissions by a 10%, with the overall scheme achieving a 27% reduction in energy use compared to the national benchmark for a building of this nature.
15th April 2011 - The Point Village was a finalist at The Green Building Awards. The submission entry can be downloaded here