Located in the leafy suburb of Carrickmines, The Glen is a contemporary residential development which sits on a prominent hillside site between the M50 and an existing residential area. The Glen complements the dwelling houses to the west by creating a mix of residential options. The new build development comprises 48 apartments ranged over 6 floors with a basement car park and landscaping.

The building has been designed to sit comfortably on its topography with a roof profile that steps up the site in a series of pitches and monopitches. This breaks up the massing of the building in a playful and interesting manner. A basement car park is tucked into the slope, taking advantage of the topography.

The building is clad in brick to address its sylvan setting and the adjacent brick houses. Partially screened, recessed balconies maintain the form of the massing, maintain privacy to neighbouring residents and give light and views for apartment residents.

The topography allows for an exciting mix of distinct landscaped spaces around the site. The pedestrian route from the entrance is deliberately divorced from the road to maximise human interaction with the open space and with other residents to foster a sense of community. The pedestrian entrances are highlighted by a canopy and low wall and screen which forms a seat.

Car parking, bicycle storage and other residents’ facilities are all located in the basement so as not to detract from the natural setting of the building.

The development incorporates green roofs and each unit is heated via air to water heat pumps.

Client: Torca Developments Ltd

Location: Carrickmines

Status: On site

Gross Floor Area: 6440m2

Architect: Crawford Architecture

Planning Consultant: McGill Planning Ltd

Contractor: Blacklough Construction

Structural Engineer: Kavanagh Burke

Services Consultant: Delap and Waller

Landscape Architect: PC Roche

Ecological Consultant: Faith Wilson

Transport Engineer: Transport Insights

CGIs: Modelworks

Illustrations: S Design Illustration