Local Authority, Lifecycle Housing

DescriptionLocal Authority, Lifecycle Housing
TypeHousing (17 Dwellings)
LocationRatoath, Co. Meath
TeamFrank Cooney, Ian McDonald, Ricardo Tolentino, Ana Paula Barbosa, Bryan Brady, Robin Jardine
The site at St Olivers Park, an established housing enclave, lies on the southern side of Ratoath, Co. Meath, linked via a networks of field passes and radial arteries from its central core.
The intention was to develop life cycle-housing with the flexibility of family life, and the need for setting down roots over generations. The houses were meticulously designed to allow the dwellings to expand and contract as required for each resident; The shared rooms of a young family to the independent needs of the older family.
The buildings consist of 1 and 2 storey  in height, of simple rendered forms, tiled roofs and punch holed windows, orientated to promote social interactions between neighbours.
The external spaces were carefully crafted to maximize daily play, while being passively supervised by its residents.
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