College Green Civic Plaza, Dublin

Following a two-stage EU procurement process Dublin City Council appointed Dixon Jones and Paul Keogh Architects as design team leaders for the proposed College Green Civic Plaza project.

College Green forms a central position in the Dublin chain of civic spaces from Parnell Square and O’Connell Street in the north, leading to Grafton Street and St Stephen’s Green in the south.

A meeting place since ancient times, the scheme reclaims College Green from the traffic and central reservations to reveal its historic, memorable wedge shape forming a substantial space for public events, safe and accessible to all. The surface pattern on the axis of Dame Street allows College Green to reassert itself as a strong character in the urban narrative, emphasising the shape of the space and enhancing the perspective.

A first impression of College Green is that its two chief protagonists, the Bank of Ireland and Trinity College, are pulling in different directions. From the west Dame Street is concluded by the principal elevation of Trinity College, whereas from the north east, the semi-circular form of the Bank of Ireland exerts a rotational influence on the space.  It therefore falls to College Green to reconcile these differences as a third character in the vision for the space.