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Timberyard Social Housing shortlisted for Lubetkin Prize

23 May 2010

Timberyard Social Housing shortlisted for Lubetkin Prize

Timberyard Housing wins RIBA International Award and is among the three contenders for the prestigious Lubetkin Prize for the best international building.

When a small tear was made in the urban fabric of Dublin by the construction of the Coombe by-pass, O’Donnell + Tuomey came up with a way of repairing it with a highly modulated wall of housing that is almost Byker-like in its form and impact. The sculptural wall is broken up with deep-set windows or blind cuts, by set-backs to create terraces and by the vertical use of Iroko timber in screens. The building line cranks to hug the street and at ground level and there are built-in granite planters-cum-seats.
The main communal space is an open-ended triangular wedge, passively surveyed by the residents whose flats overlook it. Children can play here happily and safely just metres from a busy main road. These are grown-up spaces to grow up in.

From Lubetkin Prize citation

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