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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.
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
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
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
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.
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
Atlantic Quarter Cork Docklands
Mitchell + Associates were commissioned by Alleyquay Invest-
ment Ltd. to develop designs for the Atlantic Quarter in Cork’s
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.
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
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
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.
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
Universal access is an important criteria which informs the design
work within the practice.
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
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
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.
Dundrum Town Centre
Mitchell + Associates were engaged by Crossridge Investments
to design and coordinate the external realm of Dundrum Town
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-
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.
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.
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.
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-
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.
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
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.
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.
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-
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.
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.
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
• 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.
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.
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
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
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’
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.
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.