Avondale Forest Park and Masterplan

TypeCivic, Cultural, Tourism and educational
LocationRathdrum, Co. Wicklow
Size200 Hectares / 5,950sq.m
TeamFrank Cooney, Bryan Brady, Mairead Bolger, Catherine Murphy, Lucy Yang
Testimonial“Working with the Cooney Architects team throughout this process, was a thoroughly enjoyable professional, exciting and rewarding experience”
“On every level, their handling of the project is exemplary and will be the source of pride to everyone involved.”
“They immersed themselves in the project, by listening, by being ever so flexible, by taking on board even the smallest detail and all stakeholders inputs. They communicated excellently, kept in regular contact, questioned, challenged, organised, but, above all, their proposals are innovative experience-led to be unique to Avondale.”
Daithi de Forge, Coillte, Head of recreation

Avondale forest park and masterplan, was a study developed through complete immersion of this truly amazing parkland, set deep within the Wicklow mountains and national park.

Our client sought to develop a word class visitor park experience. Upon our appointment there was no known brief, this was only to be uncovered upon a truly immersive process, walking its routes,  understanding its history, exploiting its layers of topography and expressing its greatest assets, The historic trees and The great legacy of Charles Stewart Parnell.

Cooney Architects team, set about tackling such a complex brief in this 200 hectare wilderness, by developing a number of experiences for its visitor, with built elements raised high above the tree canopies and river beds; below ground routes and utilizing modern VR technology to interact with the Parnell’s home.

The existing out-structures were developed to breathe life back into the historic structures,  providing world travellers and hikers alike, with sustenance during their experience.

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