Cherry Orchard Housing Phase 01,
Dublin

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The need to achieve a higher density on the site presents the opportunity the reinvestigate the spatial possibilities of the suburban street common in the inner suburbs of the 19th century parts of Dublin. There, the absence of front gardens and on-curtilage parking, together with the height of individual dwellings and their arrangement in terraces, combine to create a stronger sense of enclosure to the street than is normal in the outer suburbs.  Here, a similar parti is proposed: houses will be arranged in terraces along streets running from east to west across the site. These streets will be 18 m wide and will be divided into four zones on either side of a road. These zones will consist of a band of hedges and projecting porches, a footpath, a paved strip containing trees and a zone for parallel parking. The sense of enclosure in the streets will be reinforced by equipping each house with a monopitch roof which will maximise the height of the perimeter walls.

Different house types will be used to respond to the different conditions current along each edge of the site. Terraces of ‘room-in-the-roof’ units will present tall fronts to close the view from a large public space; a row of three-storey units will offer business uses opposite the Neighbourhood Centre; streets will open into small squares which will contain five-storey apartment blocks and three-storey terraces split between one-bedroom apartments and two-bedroom maisonettes.