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Spirituality Centre Glasnevin

  1. 1. Planning Report- Architectural Description Spirituality Centre, Holy Faith, Glasnevin, Planning Report- Architectural Description October 2010 Proposed Spirituality Centre, Holy Faith Congregation, Glasnevin October 2010 “ I was never a poet, but Glasnevin makes one.” Margaret Alyward
  2. 2. Spirituality Centre, Holy Faith, Glasnevin, Planning Report- Architectural Description October 2010Holy Faith Spirituality Centre,Glasnevin, Dublin 9The Holy Faith congregation, located atAlyward House, Glasnevin wish to developa Spirituality Centre on their grounds at OldFinglas Road, Glasnevin.The site is in a unique setting, locatedwithin a 10 hectare green field site withdramatic panoramic views overlooking theNational Botanical Gardens, GlasnevinCemetery and Dublin City.
  3. 3. Site Spirituality Centre, Holy Faith, Glasnevin, Planning Report- Architectural Description October 2010Site:The site is bordered by the Old FinglasRoad to the north, the Tolka river to thesouth and residential developments to theeast and west.The site contains the Holy FaithCongregation’s worldwide headquarters atAlyward House, Holy Faith Convent,Chapel and nursing home as well as StBrigid’s GNS primary school and St Mary‘ssecondary school.The site conciliates existing communityfacilities with mature river corridor lands,and represents one of the finest green fieldsites in North Dublin. Located opposite theBotanic Gardens and overlooking Glasnevincemetery the site provides an educationaland recreational oasis in this highly soughtafter residential area.The site is extensively sloped, is southfacing and has many different characterareas within it. It has a unique ecologicalsetting and is an ideal setting for aspirituality centre. 3
  4. 4. Brief Spirituality Centre, Holy Faith, Glasnevin, Planning Report- Architectural Description October 2010 Project Brief: The Spirituality Centre will be a bright and What is it for? tranquil place for reflective prayer, holistic therapies, counselling, conversations and conferences for the order, colleagues and the wider community.Moving forward the It will be an inspirational space whichmission of Holy Faith….. provides an immediate sense of engagement for a broad spectrum of visitors and participants, offering a welcome to all who wish to refresh and renew themselves in a place of natural beauty and rich cultural tradition. Its primary purpose is the moving forward of the mission of the Holy Faith Congregation. Site 1 4
  5. 5. Brief Spirituality Centre, Holy Faith, Glasnevin, Planning Report- Architectural Description October 2010 Sisters of the Holy faith User Groups: Prayer Partners Associates Parish Community Prayer Partners The Spirituality Centre will be made Groups available to a broad range of users Lay ColleaguesA place for the City including the Holy Faith Sisters, Associates, Who is it for? University of the Day Retreats Prayer Partners, lay colleagues and others. Third age Educational links to school groups will also The Community be made. Heritage Groups Inter Religious Dialogue Ecology and Schools The primary use will be grounded in a Justice Groups spirituality based on right relationship, justice and care of creation. The design of the centre reflects this ethos and also• Sisters of the Holy Faith Congregation reflects a strong relationship with the• Information on the Order and their work nationally and internationally surrounding site and context.• Counselling, Spiritual accompaniment etc. The user groups will include the following• Le Chéile school groups interested parties and uses:• Heritage Groups• Schools and Educational Groups• Faith groups including education, development, sharing etc.• Day retreats and prayer partners• Inter Religious dialogue gatherings• Ecology and Justice Groups• Parish Community Groups• Older People gatherings• University of Third Age• Groups initiating their own projects which reflect the ethos of the Centre• Possible archiving uses 5
  6. 6. Brief Sacred Space Spirituality Centre, Holy Faith, Glasnevin, Planning Report- Architectural Description October 2010 Therapy Room 40-50 people Architectural Design: -lecture space -Counselling Art Therapy -Holistic therapy The brief for the building was prepared by - dance the Sisters of Holy Faith based on their own Reception/waiting Cloakroom requirements and based on group dialogue Sub-division and consensus. The brief comprises Of large space Brief 490sqm approx of the following uses: Sharing meals Parking Kitchenette Accommodation Schedule: Archive Storage Waste/ Services/toilets 1.1 Reception/Waiting Area 1.2 Office 1.3 Therapy Room Relationship to 1.4 Counseling Room Botanic Gardens 1.5 Lecture Space/Forum 40/50 Connecting with Seasonal use 1.6 Multi-purpose Space the History of the site 1.7 Kitchenette to serve MPS Relationship to 1.8 Sacred Space Existing buildingsPath to 1.9 Toilets‘Sacred site’ Where is the Site? 1.10 Storage Orientation Relationship of Existing Trees Micro-Climate Shadow casting Views 6
  7. 7. Design Design: Spirituality Centre, Holy Faith, Glasnevin, Planning Report- Architectural Description October 2010 The design of the new Spirituality Centre is based on providing an uplifting and inspirational internal environment, a retreat and space for contemplation.Winter Given the unique landscape setting of the site we have located the new facility as a pavilion or folly within a park. It is sited on a south facing slope toSpring exploit the dramatic panoramic views over the Botanic Gardens and the Dublin skyline. The main glazed areas of the centre exploit this view and orientation. The siting of the building on the site has been given careful consideration. Our approach is consistent with site planning of early 18th Century houses and their relationship with their demesne and landscape. As such the centre is conceived as a folly in the grounds of the original 18th demesne, one that is glimpsed behind trees and set within the landscape and as part of the original network of paths and routes. Furthermore we have located the centre so as not to detract from the original 18th Century Protected Structure and to protect its vista and view. 7
  8. 8. Design Spirituality Centre, Holy Faith, Glasnevin, Planning Report- Architectural Description October 2010 Design Concept: The concept for the building is many-fold, it is a pavilion or folly in a park, a light lantern and a journey of discovery. Light Lantern:Out of the darkness comes the light…. The symbol of the Holy Faith Congregation is the light lantern that Margaret Alyward, the founder of the order, used as a beacon of hope during her imprisonment in Grangegorman female penitentiary in 1860. The proposed design envisages that the building will metaphorically act as a form of lantern and that the main sacred space, which is rooflit, will act as a beacon of light. Through brise soleil, opal glass and sensitive lighting the sacred space will illuminate in a play of shadow and light. 8
  9. 9. Design Spirituality Centre, Holy Faith, Glasnevin, Planning Report- Architectural Description October 2010 Journey of Discovery:The Journey of the building The building plan has been laid out to provide a journey of discovery. The route starts in the grounds of the convent and the approach to the building is off-set through the existing trees and path to the west of the site. The building is removed from the other Institutional buildings and is set as a building folly in the landscape. The The building tells external ramp directs visitors to the main the story reception area. The plan geometry hasLabyrinth of the journey been carefully laid out to direct visitors via internal ramps past the counseling room, lecture space to the main multi-purpose space and sacred space above. Framed Views: The orientation of windows and circulation routes have been careful placed to provide framed views of local architectural landmarks and natural features such as the O’Connell monument in Glasnevin cemetery, the pyramid roof of the Church of our Lady of Dolours, the Lebanese Tree Every path opens out to a framed view of the landscape on the grounds and the Palm house in the Botanical Gardens. 9
  10. 10. Design Spirituality Centre, Holy Faith, Glasnevin, Planning Report- Architectural Description October 2010 Connection with Nature: Central to the design of the centre is itsConnecting with Nature relationship and connection with nature and the surrounding environment. Careful consideration has been given to the siting of the building and its relationship with the strong site contours and topography. The building is located off the original 18th Century footpath and will form a part of the journey through the grounds. The reception area is located at a half level below the sacred space and half level above the lecture/multi-purpose space. As such the building follows the slope and gradient of the landscape that it sits on. Internally all areas of the building are fully wheelchair accessible, without the requirement of a mechanical lift. The green lawn in front of the convent is treated as a precious landscape with minimum building intervention on it. The ramped walkway to the entrance is elevated above the ground and supported off central posts recessed out of visibility. 10
  11. 11. Design Spirituality Centre, Holy Faith, Glasnevin, Planning Report- Architectural Description October 2010In addition the outer walls of the spiritualitycentre are elevated above the ground andcantilevered off recessed columns, thusgiving the impression that the buildingfloats above the green lawn. The planconfiguration is like an unfolding flower,with the outer petals being elevated abovethe ground and the central bud beingrepresented by the more vertical sacredspace.On the south western façade a slidingscreen off the ramp will allow access to anout-door terraced area which can used forcontemplation and small groups. Theterrace will be in close proximity to thetrees on the western edge of the site andwill give a close connection to nature.It is also proposed that a larger out-doorterraced area is provided at roof level offthe sacred space. This will provide verydramatic panoramic views and will alsoallow access to the green roofs formaintenance. 11
  12. 12. Sustainability Spirituality Centre, Holy Faith, Glasnevin, Planning Report- Architectural Description October 2010 Green and Sustainable Design: Given the sensitive nature of the site a strong ecological sensitive and sustainable design solution has been sought. The spirituality centre will maximize the following principles of green and sustainable design:• Provide an airtight building to minimize heat loss and draughts.• The building should achieve an air tightness of 3.5m3 (hr.m2) at a test pressure of 50Pa.• Provide a high level of insulation to the external envelope with a low u-value.• Provide a managed and controlled natural ventilation system with heat recovery unit.• Provide photovoltaic panels to provide domestic hot water.• Provide a naturally ventilated building with no artificial cooling.• Maximize solar gain through extent and location of glazing, not to exceed 30%.• Maximize the sites orientation on a south facing slope.• Provide Brise Soleil to minimize overheating in exposed glazing areas.• Target a ‘BREEAM’ rating of very good to excellent.• Provide a carbon neutral form of space heating system.• Provide attenuation for rain water through green roof technology.• Explore use of grey water for toilets.• Use usage sensors and dual flushing on all toilets.• Target an annual energy consumption of 100kwh/m2/yr or better• Specify and use low energy appliance• Minimize the footprint of the building on the site. 12
  13. 13. Services Spirituality Centre, Holy Faith, Glasnevin, Planning Report- Architectural Description October 2010Foul Drainage:See DBFL drainage report and drawings.In summary it is proposed to take the fouldrainage from the new building to theexisting manhole No. 23 marked on the siteplan.The floor level of the new proposed toiletarea is at 24.125 OD and the invert levelwithin MH No. 23 is 22.970 OD which willprovide sufficient fall.The wastes from the small kitchenette onthe lower floor level at approx. 23.450 ODcan also fall into this manhole.The foul drain will connect into the existing300mm diameter sewer which runs on theOld Finglas Road. 13
  14. 14. Drainage Spirituality Centre, Holy Faith, Glasnevin, Planning Report- Architectural Description October 2010 Surface Water Drainage: See DBFL drainage report and drawings. Surface water will be collected in the attenuation area on the grass/sedum roof as part of a sustainable urban drainage system. Excess water will drain into a percolation area located within the grounds of the convent or as part of a landscaped swale or filter drain as an open and shallow detention basin. The attenuation storage capacity on the roof should minimize the run off into the percolation area and is dependant on the depth of roof provided. The site is on a high elevation and is not susceptible to flooding from the Tolka. i.e. the 2002 flooding of the Tolka occurred at a datum of 14.0m OD. Our site is approx. 10m above this level.Sacred space as beacon 14
  15. 15. Materials Spirituality Centre, Holy Faith, Glasnevin, Planning Report- Architectural Description October 2010Construction:External Materials:The building is situated in a very sensitivelandscape condition, surrounded by treesand the historic context of the convent andchapel.As a ‘pavilion or folly in a park’ the newbuilding does not try to compete with theexisting architecture around it or try tomimic it.The current façades of the convent, chapel,nursing home and other buildings are allinter-connected but use an adhoc variety ofdifferent red bricks.It was not appropriate to introduce yetanother type of red brick for the spiritualitycentre. Neither was it felt appropriate tomake a strong architectural statement thatwould detract or compete with the existingbuildings. Instead the design tries to reflectthe wonderful landscape that surrounds it. 15
  16. 16. Materials Spirituality Centre, Holy Faith, Glasnevin, Planning Report- Architectural Description October 2010The external walls are therefore clad in awhite reflective glass which will reflect thetrees, landscaping and buildings around it.In general the windows are containedbetween the overlapping cranked walls andframe views and vistas of the externalenvironment.Anodised aluminium vertical mullions areused as external sun and privacy screens tothe counseling and therapy rooms.The Sacred Space sits as a vertical lanternsurrounded by the lower overlappingperimeter walls. The vertical form will beclad externally in a bronze coated/metalpanel on cladding rails fixed to a reinforcedconcrete structure. Louvred roof rights andlarge glazed sections will allow the form tobe illuminated at night.The cantilevered perimeter walls will sit onconcrete columns and piles set back fromthe building edge to allow the building tofloat above the green lawn. 16
  17. 17. Spirituality Centre, Holy Faith, Glasnevin, Planning Report- Architectural Description October 2010Internal Materials:It is proposed to use a combination oftimber cladding and lining to contrastagainst the exposed board markedconcrete walls used to construct the centralsacred space. Other internal walls will bepainted sand and cement render. Thesimple palette of natural materials willcreate spaces of tranquility and ease.Parking Requirements:The car parking requirements for the HolyFaith site are dictated by the currentDevelopment Plan 2005-2011 which placesthe site in Zone 3 and Map J.The parking requirements for a cultural/recreational use such as the spiritualitycentre are covered by the requirement tohave 1 space per 100sqm. As theproposed development is 490sqm approx.we will be providing 5No. car parkingspaces adjacent to the centre beside StMary’s car park area. One of these spaceswill be allocated for disabled drivers.It is also proposed to provide a drop offpoint for visitors and servicing adjacent tothe entry path to the centre. 17
  18. 18. Approach showing raised walkway Model Photos18 Spirituality Centre, Holy Faith, Glasnevin, Planning Report- Architectural Description October 2010
  19. 19. Overview of Entrance Area Model Photos19 Spirituality Centre, Holy Faith, Glasnevin, Planning Report- Architectural Description October 2010
  20. 20. Aerial view without roof Model Photos20 Spirituality Centre, Holy Faith, Glasnevin, Planning Report- Architectural Description October 2010
  21. 21. Aerial view without roof Model Photos21 Spirituality Centre, Holy Faith, Glasnevin, Planning Report- Architectural Description October 2010
  22. 22. Aerial view without roof Model Photos22 Spirituality Centre, Holy Faith, Glasnevin, Planning Report- Architectural Description October 2010
  23. 23. View of external terrace off internal ramp Model Photos23 Spirituality Centre, Holy Faith, Glasnevin, Planning Report- Architectural Description October 2010
  24. 24. View from south Perspective view24 Spirituality Centre, Holy Faith, Glasnevin, Planning Report- Architectural Description October 2010
  25. 25. View from west Perspective view25 Spirituality Centre, Holy Faith, Glasnevin, Planning Report- Architectural Description October 2010
  26. 26. Model views Sketch model26 Spirituality Centre, Holy Faith, Glasnevin, Planning Report- Architectural Description October 2010

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