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Housing at Castletown, Co. Laois



Project Brief

The competition brief was for the development of affordable apartments on the site located at the junction of Holles St. and Fenian St. The brief required provision of a retail unit at ground level and apartments on the upper floors. The number of apartments was at the discretion of the competitor. Affordability was also stated as an important factor in the brief.

 

Project Description

The proposed solution of six floors of apartments over the ground floor retail unit is a response to the organiser's requirement to take account of the prominent corner site and for affordable and sustainable housing.

The Holles Street elevation forms a slow curve at upper floor levels beyond the original building line, with horizontal and vertical window openings as a functional response to the room daylighting requirements. The almost acute angle achieved at the Holles Street and Fenian Street junction, together with the vertical glazed screens containing "winter garden" balconies, achieve through functionality alone, a prominent corner feature. The proposed concrete frame construction, single skin block with high density external insulation covered in a render/ dash relieved by hanging clay tiles, is a further response for the need to attain an affordable solution.