Tallaght Zip & Plaza by Irish architecture firm Seán Harrington architects was awarded ‘BEST PUBLIC SPACE‘ AT THE IRISH ARCHITECTURE AWARDS 2009.
+ Project description courtesy of Seán Harrington architects
The Tallaght Zip is a high-quality dedicated pedestrian and cycle corridor linking the Luas interchange to the Institute of Technology and Tallaght Village. The new link allows clearer and easier connectivity between both these centres of Tallaght.
A main feature of the Zip is a Greenwall that runs the length of the scheme creating a solid enclosure of planting that helps to mask the unsightly and inconsistent existing boundary walls to neighbouring properties. New public lighting poles have been designed especially for the project to light the Zip and existing roadway and up-lighters under every tree also help to create a safe and well-lit space.
The use of rhythm and materials play a key part in defining uses of the Zip. The buff strip provides a clear zone for the cyclist. While the wider space for the pedestrians is defined by new trees, public lighting and changes in materials that create distinct and repeating bays yet create that provide a continuous and connected urban space.
As part of the Tallaght Zip project, two public spaces were redeveloped in an otherwise uninspiring part of Tallaght.The materials used in the Zip were repeated in the plaza to define different areas of the public space. The silver grey granite predominately used on the ground surface is continued up to form the new boundary walls to the adjoining properties. The new Silver Lime trees are linked back via black granite strips in the ground to the new raised planter also clad in black granite. New seats along the planter wall provide a perfect place to view the relocated sculpture or be a meeting point.
+ Project credits
Project: Tallaght Zip & Plaza
Architect: Seán Harrington architects
Project team: Seán Harrington, Ryan Gillespie, Brian Hutchinson, Jim Roche.
Client: South Dublin County Council
Location: South Dublin, Ireland
Photo: Philip Lauterbach
+ All images and drawings courtesy of Seán Harrington architects | Photo by Philip Lauterbach