In July 2021, Fingal County Council appointed Henchion Reuter Architects. as the successful tenderer to lead a design team to prepare designs for a Community Centre at Lanesborough Park, Meakstown, Dublin 11. FCC are currently in the process of upgrading the rest of the park.
The potential for the new Community Centre to effectively ‘cut off’ a corner of the park from the main body of the park was identified early in the design process as something that the building design should mitigate. After trying a number of strategies, a building with a circular plan form was identified as best facilitating the spatial flow of the park landscaping around the new building. The circular building plan has the advantage of minimising unsupervised spaces which might be prone to anti-social behaviour.
The circular plan has the further advantage of not creating any blank gable conditions to the building. This will minimise the loss of residential amenity for apartments located to the south-east of the site that currently have an uninterrupted view of the park. To further mitigate the visual disruption for these neighbours the roof form has been ‘softened’ with the volume of the sports hall (the tallest volume) subsumed into a contoured roof-scape finished with a mixture of intensive and extensive green roof.
The building is single-storey throughout. The main sports hall is positioned central to the plan with secondary rooms wrapped around this on all sides. The building therefore has a continuous single storey façade expression on all sides - thereby substantially reducing its volumetric presence within the park.
The external form of the building in completed in glazed green bricks with a precast concrete parapet.