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  • 1. Company Profile The Studio 31 Ravenhill Park Belfast BT6 0DG t: + 44 0 28 90691959 f: + 44 0 28 90694252 Fumbally Court Fumbally Lane Dublin 8 t: + 353 1 4545066 f: + 353 1 4545065 Unit 24 Webworks Eglinton Street Cork t: + 353 21 4250662 f: + 353 21 4250665 e:
  • 2. Mitchell + Associates The company is project focused and for all projects our involvement is centred on achieving designed solutions specific to the site which derive from its context, including; the historical, physical, economic, social and cultural processes at work and the aspirations inferred Mitchell + Associates is a multidisciplinary design practice incorpo- and emerging from the development brief. We are committed to the rating Landscape Architecture and Urban Design at its core. The production of creative designed or ‘made’ landscape solutions which unique set of skills and experience provided by the company allows both acknowledge and exploit the links between man and the land. its clients to create development solutions that function to the highest We believe that vitality and sustainability are essential contributors design and aesthetic standards. The practice was founded in 1988 to successful design solutions. Mitchell + Associates is currently and has developed into one of the largest multi-disciplinary practices involved in projects in both the public and private environment and in Ireland. Mitchell + Associates designers are drawn from a range of widely varying scales and origins, including: site master planning; of disciplinary backgrounds and professional experience and include urban design and regeneration; public parks and open spaces; com- landscape architects, urban designers, architects and a range of mercial/corporate institutional; and residential projects. other environment professionals. This has allowed the practice to develop coherent, integrated design strategies for projects in a broad Mitchell + Associates has extensive experience on a wide range of range of urban, rural and natural contexts. international projects in the Middle East such as: Mitchell + Associates has been involved in many diverse and signifi- • Wadi Hanifah Park, Riyadh. Eleven kilometre long linear park on cant development projects including: the regeneration of O’Connell the outskirts of Riyadh. Mitchell + Associates were lead consultants Street, Dublin; the Luas light rail insertion; the K Club in Kildare; the for the project through design into full working drawings and tender remodelling of Eyre Square, Galway and the public realm strategy stage, and presentation to the Mayor of Riyadh. and design for the Atlantic Quarter development of Cork docklands. The practice has also contributed to the National Disability Authority • Dallagh Road Master Plan, Dhahran. Master plan for a community Guidelines on Universal Access and was responsible for the develop- comprising 6,000 houses together with schools, shopping, com- ment of a Landscape Strategy for the city of Cork and Play Space mercial and recreational components. The client was the Arabian Guidelines for the Dublin Dockland Development Authority. American Oil Company ( ARAMCO ). Mitchell + Associates is driven by the pursuit of quality and a belief that our environment directly influences the quality of our lives. A • Mitchell + Associates were landscape architects for a wide range of deep understanding of how people occupy, use (and abuse) their large projects - campuses, commercial, retail and resedential, work- environment underpins our ability to design places which work, stimu- ing as sub-consultants to Abalkhail Consulting Engineers. late, excite and endure.
  • 3. Projects
  • 4. Eyre Square Services: Lead Consultant + Landscape Architecture Client: Galway City Council Location: Eyre Square, Galway Mitchell + Associates were commissioned by Galway City Council to redesign Eyre Square and its immediate surrounds to its status as one of the most important urban spaces on the western seaboard. It was necessary to re-examine the Square and produce solutions which allow its development into a place that will work for the benefit of Galway in the C21st. The broad aim of the scheme is to resolve the physical and visual degradation, and re-order the ad-hoc arrange- ments of elements that have occurred over time. A major part of the strategy for the enhancement of the square was to remove parking from the perimeter and to pedestrianise the west side of the square, in order to connect it directly with the main shopping district of the city. Major upgrading of the services and utilities infrastructure is con- tained within the project and the scheme also provides for the protec- tion and safeguarding of the many historical and artistic artefacts in the square which are retained or relocated. The main body of the square is traversed from the railway station in the southeast to the main shopping streets at the northwest corner by a wide arcing path. The design and reordering of the square, including traffic calming measures, increases the usable pedestrian space in the square by two-thirds. The coordination of street furniture, the use of high quality paving materials, and the development of spaces to fit their functions allows Eyre Square to truly reflect an image of the city appropriate to its status.
  • 5. O Connell Street Dublin Mitchell + Associates were employed as design consultants to Dublin City Council. The brief included contribution to an O’Connell Street Integrated Action Plan, together with major involvement with the Council in developing a design concept for the environmental upgrade of the street. As Dublin’s main thoroughfare, O’Connell Street in many ways sym- bolises urban Ireland. However, it had begun to exhibit many poor qualities related to a disproportionate relationship between people and traffic. It was beginning to lose its identity and prominence as a social and commercial destination. Dublin City Council decided upon a course of action to arrest the decline. Mitchell + Associates worked with Dublin City Council on developing the scheme through detail design and assisted the Council in respect of materials selection etc. and in bringing the scheme to tender stage. The design that has emerged respects the historical context of the street, re-establishes its primacy within the city and enhances the urban experience for all.
  • 6. K Club Golf Course - Kildare, Ireland Mitchell + Associates were commissioned to address the land- scape architectural design of the existing golf course, the hotel, apartments and housing, and the K South Golf Course which hosted the 2006 Ryder Cup. The design of the K Club Golf Course continues the essential ele- ments of the original classical landscape, but it was apparent that the most underdeveloped component in this landscape composition was the presence of trees in sufficient numbers to provide the definition required. Proposals included the planting of 1,500 semi-mature trees along the fairways, greens and existing woodland, to create an imme- diate impact in the landscape. The setting for the hotel is designed as a formal response to the historical context, and creates an extension of the garden spaces. In contrast, the housing development was provided with a woodland backdrop with ornamental planting in the gardens and golf course edge. The two apartment developments are based around court- yards, designed as a response to the building form. The most recent courtyard, located at the Ryder Cup Village has won an award. The K South golf course, designed by Arnold Palmer, is based on a links course with minimal planting on the course itself, emphasising the framing of the golf course in the landscape. Through the preser- vation of existing adjacent mature trees and the interplanting of these with compatible semi-mature species, they are visually tied-in to the background woodland.
  • 7. Atlantic Quarter Cork Docklands Mitchell + Associates were commissioned by Alleyquay Invest- ment Ltd. to develop designs for the Atlantic Quarter in Cork’s South Docklands. Cork South Docklands have always been an important contributor to the economy and identity of Cork City. Traditionally this area has been the site of industry but now presents itself as a unique opportu- nity for development. Cork Docklands have been identified for rejuve- nation by Cork City Council in the preparation of a Local Area Plan The Atlantic Quarter site is strategically located within the docklands close to the city centre, is well served by infrastructure and fronts onto the River Lee, and encompasses an area of 420 acres with proposals for a highly sustainable mixed use urban quarter. This is the first significant development in the Cork Docklands Area charac- terised by landmark buildings and open spaces creating a gateway into the city of Cork. Mitchell + Associates have developed a strong structure, experienced through a series of interlinked and complementary spaces. A central linear park forms the backbone of the scheme which is terminated at either end by two focal elements; an urban plaza to the west and the proposed gateway park to the east. Our scheme takes its inspiration from the sites’ natural unique settings, beside the River Lee and adja- cent to what is soon to be Cork’s major open space, proposing a high quality public realm that provides a series of spaces and opportuni- ties that both complement and enhance Cork City.
  • 8. War Memorial Garden Islandbridge Dublin This proposal is the winning entry by Mitchell + Associates to redesign the entrance area and to signal the presence of the Edwin Lutyens Memorial Gardens on Dublin’s southside. The limited competition was jointly sponsored by Dublin City Council and OPW. The winning submission will see the transformation of the intersection of Con Colbert Road and Memorial Road in Dublin’s historic Kilmainham district. Mitchell + Associates design takes cogni- sance of the intentions of the original designers of the war memorial gardens and creates a state of the art entrance zone which will open the garden to the public after many years of separation by the N4 dual-carriageway. Through a curved cable structures, illuminated at night and complete with pedestrian ramps and stairs to the gardens, visitors will now have access to the gardens, created as memorial to the men and women who lost their lives in both world wars. The urban experience at this point in the corridor offers opportuni- ties for a variety of urban design interventions, which would serve to encourage pedestrian movement, enhance the public domain and advertise the presence of the gardens. Both approaches have the potential, given their respective scales and presence, to provide a significant level of high-quality urban space related to the entrance zone. The principal intervention is the creation of a new public space on an east-west axis north of the carriageway to signal the presence of the gardens on a city scale followed by the upgrading of Memorial Road to connect the gardens with the residential areas of Inchicore and Kilmainham.
  • 9. Backweston Laboratories Kildare In association with the OPW, Mitchell + Associates designed and implemented the external realm for the Department of Agricul- ture and State Laboratories in Backweston, Co. Kildare. The insertion of a large and significant research complex onto the site, which had low visual amenity value, required the development of a landscape installation which accommodated all the site elements required by the complex as well as creating a landscape setting for the buildings themselves. Similarly the scale of the site as a recrea- tional resource for staff needed to be exploited, together with the visual assimilation of the buildings into the landscape. The positioning of the buildings themselves, the response to this placement in topographical terms and the structural site planting all contribute to the successful integration of development into the exist- ing landscape, and the creation of a sense of place for its population of scientists. Therefore, the site plan/landscape design treatment serves to create a unified well-designed set-piece, which will also function as a strong visual focus for the whole area. The layered configuration of the laboratory blocks allows for the insertion of a series of courtyards into their respective structures. Each courtyard is designed as an unique and autonomous landscape set - piece, which allows for a diversity of treatment between court- yards. The whole complex is surrounded by parkland, graded from !the lawns to wildflower meadows, all held within an enclosing band of dense native woodland in order to provide visual enclosure and privacy to the development, in the traditional manner of the great Irish estates.
  • 10. West Street Drogheda Drogheda Borough Council and the RIAI organised a competi- tion to remodel the streets and public spaces that form the heart of Drogheda Town Centre. Mitchell + Associates were chosen as the competition winning entry and developed the design and brought the scheme onto site com- pleted in 2008. Mitchell + Associates acted as the lead consultant and contract administrator. The West Street corridor forms the vehicular and pedestrian spine of the town and is bustling and commercial, driven by retail activity with St. Peter’s Church at the centre. The contrast in urban experience throughout the corridor offers opportunities for a variety of design interventions, which serve to en- courage pedestrian movement and enhance the public domain. The principal issue which drove the conceptual approach is the orienta- tion of the West Street/ St. Laurence Street corridor on an east-west axis. This means that the northern side of the street has sunlight penetration through the day, while the southern edge receives direct sunlight only in early morning or late evening. The conceptual approach of the scheme allowed for the creation of mini-plazas within the street corridor and the insertion of a defined street corridor between these ‘events’, with a broad pedestrian pave- ment along the northern edge of West Street.
  • 11. Building For Everyone - Guidelines Mitchell + Associates was invited by the National Disability Au- thority to input into their publication ‘Building for Everyone’, the NDA’s guidelines on inclusion, access and use of architectural and open space. The text by Mitchell + Associates deals with issues of universal ac- cess in the broader landscape context, from the urban to the rural environments. Building for Everyone describes how to design, make and manage buildings and the external environment for the inclu- sion, access and use of everybody. It offers a range of ideas which can be incorporated into design, management and construction. The book’s recommendations have been adopted by many local authori- ties, public and private bodies and base their external environment design requirements on its guidelines in conjunction with the building regulations. Universal access is an important criteria which informs the design work within the practice.
  • 12. Cork Landscape Strategy Mitchell + Associates were appointed by Cork City Council to complete the Cork City Landscape Study and advise on policy development by means of producing a supplementary planning guidance document and overall Landscape Strategy in review of the Cork City Development Plan The purpose of a Landscape Strategy and Strategic Plan is to build on, and further define those areas of the city which are considered important in making a contribution to the city’s landscape setting and character and its sense of place, and enhance the general quality of life. Those areas identified as having a landscape value, sensitivity or importance will require set policy recommendations, in order to aid future planning guidelines, development control and landscape management, and objectives to protect and enhance landscape character. These strategic policies in relation to defined landscape character areas, with public consultation, will provide Cork City Coun- cil with the tools to enhance and conserve particularly sensitive land- scape character areas, improve the general environmental quality of Cork City, maintain and enhance visual and public access, promote future recreational uses of specific areas as well as encourage public education and participation in the distinctive landscapes of Cork City. The report is a compilation of a number of individual studies, which combined aim to fulfil the objectives of the brief. The Landscape Structure Plan, the policy recommendations, the Urban Forest Strategy, and Seven Key Sites Landscape Strategies summarise the findings.
  • 13. Dun Laoghaire Ferry Terminal Mitchell + Associates was asked by Dun Laoghaire Harbour and the Department of the Marine to develop an appropriate context for this modern building. The task of Mitchell + Associates was to achieve a new public space as part of the ferry terminal development. This would reflect the flavour of Dún Laoghaire as a seaside town, in the context of the new uses for the area. The new terminal is sited alongside the older Car- lisle pier and was designed using the principles learned from airports to allow for more efficient processing of passengers. The usability of the main space at the terminal is dependent largely on microclimate. The wall surrounding the space to the harbour side protects against sea breezes, making it more comfortable to stay in the space for longer. It also has the advantage of blocking the visually distract- ing harbour edge with parked cars and trailers. People are drawn to populate the edge of the space for longer scenic views across to Howth. Being a roof deck over parking, in such an exposed location, it was decided not to use planting as a major element in the design. The hard landscape takes precedence, with bold directional paving pat- terns, a phalanx of flagpoles, the serpentine seat, and a sculpture by Eamonn O’Doherty on the theme of sails. The significant planting is another phalanx, this time of 10 Trachycarpus fortuneii, which greets new arrivals as they exit the building. The image is an antidote to the Irish idyll and a very local reference, in that the palms thrive in this temperate coastal climate.
  • 14. Dundrum Town Centre Mitchell + Associates were engaged by Crossridge Investments to design and coordinate the external realm of Dundrum Town Centre. The new Dundrum Town Centre is a three storey shopping centre with apartments and offices over basement levels of car parking, connected to the old village by a new streetscape and town square, which is centred on the Millpond. The civic quality is enhanced by a series of restaurants flanking the square, a new theatre, and com- munity rooms. The Millpond is a protected structure. The dam wall, constructed in local granite in a traditional coursing, was the most significant ele- ment of the composition, albeit a crude and rustic example of a dam. The existing Copper Beech, and Blue Cedar, were protected, and survived a gruelling construction period. The conservation of these elements resulted in a scheme that had to negotiate their diverse levels. Essentially, a lower timber deck forms a promenade around most of the pond, while a higher, stone paved square serves as the main thoroughfare and seating area. The oval planter beds are based on the formation in plan of Irish drumlins. Circulation passes around them, while they are raised oasis of seasonal planting, with lush leaves of Paulownia. The wide mosaic walls are used for sitting and reclining after an energetic shopping expedition. The Town Square is an outdoor living room, even fitted with a video screen and touch- screen information points.
  • 15. Origin Masterplan Cork Docklands Mitchell + Associates were engaged by Origin Enterprises to develop a masterplan the Origin site in Cork’s South Docklands for a mixed use development. The Masterplan area lies in a prominent location within the context of the South Docklands LAP. The site forms a key gateway to the Docks, and also forms an important interlinking element knitting the docklands redevelopment to the City Centre. The complex of existing riverfront silos and industrial buildings also form an important punctuating landmark element within the City. The development of a cohesive structure of streets and spaces is essential in order to define the ‘genus loci’ of the scheme, to create a distinct useable and successful neighbourhood and also to integrate the scheme with the wider redeveloped docklands environment. The aim of the design is to integrate the needs of all users of the environment including motorists, cyclists, pedestrians, residents and all users of the new quarter. The aspirations of the Cork South Dock- lands LAP have been rationalised to establish a developed hierarchy of road typologies and open spaces.
  • 16. Oscar Traynor Road Services: Landscape Architecture Client: Dublin City Council Location: Oscar Traynor Road, Dublin 9 The derelict site was zoned as open space within the Dublin City Council Development Plan. Surrounding roads, including the M1 Motorway, present serious development constraints. Dublin City Council commissioned a multi-disciplinary team of consult- ants to assess development options for the site. The solution was to create a predominately residential scheme sur- rounding a large public park, envisaged as a major attraction for the wider community. The masterplan aimed to create strong linkages between the proposed development and the existing residential com- munity. Buildings were massed to gradually step up in scale through a zone of medium density terraced housing to a high density linear apartment scheme which both addresses and shields the site from the adjacent motorway. The public park was structured upon a central pedestrian circulating route with linkages to the surrounding residential areas. Within this structure are a number of features including events spaces, a lake, wetland, sustainability centre, demonstration gardens, crèche, café and community facilities. A vital element of the masterplan was realism and achievability in financial terms. The development was structured to be revenue neu- tral, with the significant community benefits gained from the develop- ment of a new public park (and its future maintenance) being wholly funded by the new development.
  • 17. Grange Road Clongriffin Services: Landscape Architecture Client: Gannon Homes Location: Grange Road, Clongriffin Grange Road is a three and a half thousand home develop- ment on Dublin’s north fringe is one of the largest residential schemes ever undertaken in the State. The scale alone of the project demands a unique set of landscape and other design solutions. Mitchell + Associates, in collaboration with Conroy Crowe Kelly Architects, produced a design strategy that addresses these issues. Fundamental to the scheme’s relatively smooth passage through the planning process was a clear expres- sion of the scheme’s town centre structure. This includes a civic and commercial heart, supported by an integrated town square. The adjacent residential areas also contain a hierarchy of parks and open spaces, which exhibit various characteristics, helping to create a sense of local identity – the basis for the development of communi- ties. The major thoroughfares are designed as tree-lined avenues giv- ing pedestrians, cyclists and motorists varying degrees of priority, depending on the local context. The creation of a series of activity nodes within the development focussing on road junctions and the parks network employs a positive design bias for pedestrians and cyclists. These nodes are linked to planned social and community fa- cilities including shops, pubs, medical centres etc. It is envisaged that these nodes will attract more amenities and services for residents, further enhancing their quality of life.
  • 18. South Circular Housing for Older People Services: Landscape Architecture Client: Dublin City Council Location: South Circular Road, Dublin 8 Mitchell + Associates were appointed by Dublin City Council to address the landscape architectural design for the courtyard and roofgarden for the Senior Citizen Housing at South Circular Road. The footprint of the building, designed by DCC, follows a U shape. In this way, it allows a high quality of sun penetration within the court- yard and visual extension of the courtyard. The design goal of the courtyard was to create a community context for the residents. To reach that intent, the middle of the courtyard open with a lawn and gravel- dedicated for socializing with movable tables and chairs. Privacy for ground level apartments has been achieved by the use of low shrubs planting between the private and semi-private spaces. Semi-mature trees have been planted to provide a scale between the building and the courtyard. A succession of small terraces, planters with small tree planting have been located on specific points to create a separation between each of the terraces. To create the impres- sion that they are an extension of the roof, they have been designed with the same material as the deck. The Birch trees were selected in particular for their strong wind resistance. To emphasis the garden atmosphere, gravel, timber, and Kilkenny limestones have been used all through the courtyard and roofgarden. A strong attention has been put on the range of plants evolving with the season - colours, flowers, foliage.
  • 19. Dun Laoghaire Golf Club Lands Services: Landscape Architecture Client: Cosgrave Properties Location: Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin Mitchell + Associates were appointed by Cosgrave Properties to provide the landscape masterplan and landscape architectural design services for a housing development on the former Dun Laoghaire Golf Club laads. While providing a high quality living environment, one of the main objectives of the proposed development is to become a new inte- grated part of Dun Laoghaire, rather than a cul de sac development. Permeability through the site and towards the existing surroundings not only enables the new inhabitants to easily reach the town centre but also allows immediate neighbours to profit from the amenities of the development and thus contribute to a successful integration of the development into the existing urban fabric Throughout the site existing trees have been retained wherever pos- sible. In addition several early-mature trees have been identified as suitable for transplantation. These fine trees, located in inappropriate positions, are intended to be lifted and replanted in the three main public parks; the linera park, the southern park and the main park. In addition to the urban qualities of the public parks and the private gardens the courtyards of the apartment blocks provide semi-public or semi-private spaces. All courtyards have small multifunctional community areas and are situated towards the centre of the court- yard to allow enough distance to the private gardens and to the apartments in general.
  • 20. St. Michael’s Estate Services: Landscape Architecture Client: Dublin City Council Location: St. Michaels, Inchicore, Dublin 8 Mitchell + Associates were commissioned by Dublin City Coun- cil to develop a masterplan with an appropriate context for the proposed St Michaels’ Estate housing and mixed use develop- ments. The strategy for the redevelopment of St Michael’s, Inchicore is focused upon the fostering and development of a strong, rich and varied identity for the new open spaces and streets. The masterplan created a sequence of spaces that readily relate to each other, but have their own strong identity and use. The aim was to re-establish a traditional pattern of streets and open spaces, in place of the poorly defined fragmented spaces that existed on site. A network of streets, public, semi-private and private open space with a clearly identifiable hierarchy was proposed giving a sense of iden- tification with, and ownership of the new spaces being developed, belonging to the local community. Spaces and streetscapes were designed to cater for the needs and desires of local residents, relate to the different housing areas, and form integral part and focus of the local community. The new streets and open spaces act as an integral part of the streetscape of Inchicore, a key aim is to establish strong visual and physical links to the surrounding area and community.
  • 21. Play Space Guidelines - Dublin, Ireland Mitchell + Associates were commissioned by the Dublin Dock- lands Development Authority to write guidelines on the provi- sion of play spaces in the DDDA area. ‘Play Space Guidelines’ are written for developers, with background research material being used to inform how play can be planned for across the local authority. These are the only guidelines of their type in Ireland. They are written to supplement local authority play plans, and the national Play Policy ‘Ready Steady Play ’. The geographical area covered by these guidelines is the Dublin Docklands, which consists of several distinct zones, each of which have various characteristics, some similar, and some different to each other. These characteristics are defined in many ways including the types of spaces; people; work; and housing. This means that dif- ferent areas may have different requirements for play spaces. What they all have in common is the need for more opportunities for play. These guidelines are intended to be used for developers, architects, and landscape architects, and for the marketing and management of new development s in the Dublin Dock lands Development Authority’s area. They are specifically intended to describe minimum standards for the provision of semi-private play spaces within new develop- ments, being delivered by the private sector.
  • 22. Projects
  • 23. IDI Gulf of Suez Economic Zone - Egypt Mitchell + Associates were engaged by IDI to prepare a proposal for a masterplan and plot developments, in association with MOLA Architects, and to develop the landscape proposals for a Strategic Economic Zone at the Cairo – Ain Sukna Road in the Gulf of Suez, Egypt. The master landscape plan structure allows for the provision of five distinctive categories of open spaces. • Linear Parks. This consists of a broad linear park running on a north-south axis, functioning as a major visual buffer. • Wadi Channels. Four wadi channel linear parks which traverse the site west-to-east, utilizing native planting tolerant of drought / flood conditions. • Horticulture. Irregular shaped plots of land at the interface between the plain and the mountainous enclosure. The landscape structure is predicated upon their use as tree farms and for other horticultural uses (market gardening, etc), •Parks. Array of neighbourhood parks containing mosques or other community facilities (crèches, etc.) and will have an intimate garden quality character based on a high level of maintenance and irrigation. • Road Planting. This consist of a network of planted road corridors forming a grid of verdant corridors across the site.
  • 24. Giants Causeway Centre - Antrim, Ireland The Giant’s Causeway is Northern Ireland’s premier visitor at- traction. It has an iconic status both in terms of its natural form and its mythological connections. The Giant’s Causeway and the Causeway Coast were inscribed on the World Heritage List by UNESCO in 1986. An international Architectural Design Competition for the design of a replacement visitors’ centre and the associated landscape and ac- cess arrangements at the Giant’s Causeway was launched. The competition proposed that this was an opportunity to provide an appropriate introduction for the visitor to the coastal landscape of the World Heritage Site. The visitors’ centre should be sympathetic to its surrounding landscape and mindful of the existing ridgeline. The brief stated that the visitors’ centre must be both environmentally and financially sustainable. The competition also required that visitors’ centre have a flexible use of space that would allow change over the life of the building and that the overall site be designed as an inte- grated solution to the Architecture and Landscape. heneghan.peng.architects won the competition and subsequently a full design team was appointed. The replacement visitors’ cen- tre involves the construction and operation of an integrated mix of interpretation and educational facilities,tourist information and retail areas, catering facilities and areas of public support / non-public sup- port space. The replacement facilities will also feature external areas such as public open spaces for circulation, picnic and public viewing including a green roof.
  • 25. Rhine Bridge - Rhine Valley, Germany Mitchell and Associates, landscape architects, are part of the team that has won the competition for a new bridge over the Rhine. The lead consultants, Heneghan Peng Architects col- laborated with ARUP and Mitchell and Associates to design the winning scheme. The proposed Mittelrheinbruege, crossing from St Goar to Sankt Goars-Hausen is close to the Loreley Rock. It is within the world her- itage site of the Rhine Valley. The design for the new crossing takes a relatively simple approach, minimize the total visual impact along the river corridor; create a structure as low, as horizontal and as thin as possible. The proposal balances the two extremes of a structure above the deck and a structure below by locating the structure in-between these two extremes, minimizing the ramp lengths whilst simultaneously minimizing the visual impact of the new crossing along the ‘Valley’ corridor. The green floodplain, between the road and the river on the north- ern bank, is preserved as a park for the town by the introduction of the bridge ramp at the end opposed to the midpoint of this park. Unique to the valley is a continuous sinuous void that winds its way from north to south. In order to blend with the landscape, the cross- ing picks up on these gentle valley curves to bend the bridge into a smooth yet efficient structural solution that flows with the valley; so gentle that the total length of the crossing is only 5% longer when compared to a straight bridge counterpart in the same location.
  • 26. Grand Canal Basin Dublin Dundonnell Estates engaged the Design Team, lead by Forest Hill Architects, to prepare a masterplan for the Grand Canal basin. Mitchell + Associates developed the urban design and landscape architectural proposals. Connecting the western edge of the city centre with the Guinness Storehouse, Digital Hub and Thomas Street, Grand Canal Basin becomes a centre of activity and life. It will become a new focus and a vibrant quarter of its own while respecting and integrating the dis- tricts around it. Within the basin, the primary and secondary schools, the art gallery and the third level education building are situated and provide the northern edge of the main civic plaza. A main pedestrian link crosses up and over the basin and leads to the adjacent northern quarter. Meanwhile, along the course of the canal, a series of gather- ing spaces and links span the canal itself. A series of plazas form the core of Grand Canal Basin. Large trees in sculptural planters define the pedestrianised lanes connecting each of these spaces. Internal plazas provide for gathering, sitting, and small performances and can be viewed by the adjacent cafes and shops. This series of open spaces lead to the larger civic plaza. The schools and art gallery reinforce the civic quality and uses of this space and are an integral part of the plaza. The gallery features a large ‘front window’ along its southern face, displaying a major piece of the current exhibition to be viewed from outside.