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By the 1980’s, slum clearance and road widening projects had rendered many areas of Dublin’s inner city devoid of potential beyond an economic value as development sites.
The experience of building in this void – with Reuben Street Apartments (completed in 2006) - clarified the potential of the two-storey house and its corollary the 12+ storey tower. Each building type follows it’s own logic, allowing them to co-exist in a symbiotic engagement satisfying both the desire for “home” and the need for density. The fast moving shadow of the towers articulates the textural matt of roofs and gardens below. The towers relate the new squares to a larger context and give their neighbourhoods a specific character.
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