Contemporary architecture of quality, combined with fine historic buildings overlooking the heart of the city, will be the setting for the expanded and reinvigorated activities of Parnell Square Cultural Quarter.
The eight Georgian buildings that are included in the site, numbers 20 and 21 and numbers 23 to 28, are protected structures and have impressive interiors of architectural heritage significance. These historic Georgian buildings are an irreplaceable part of Dublin’s architectural and cultural heritage. The adaptation and restoration of the Georgian architecture and the important historic context of Parnell Square will demand complementary new architecture of outstanding design quality to fulfill the brief. Contemporary architecture can sit well in historic places when designed with skill, innovation and sound judgement.
A contemporary City Library requires a combination of large open spaces for general reading and lending areas and more intimately-scaled spaces for study areas, special collections and working spaces. The former Coláiste Mhuire (23-28 Parnell Square) comprises a terrace of six large Georgian buildings with a large site to the rear – ideal for providing this combination of large, open space with intimately scaled rooms. The historic buildings will be fully integrated into the life of the place and creatively adapted and restored for new uses.