The project is located on an elevated coastal site in north county Dublin between the towns of Portmarnock and Malahide. At forty eight meters above sea level, the site is dominated by spectacular views of the surrounding coastline – the urban fabric being a far less significant factor. The location of the project – on the threshold between two towns – served to heighten my interest in an expansive social architecture and fueled my desire to create a space where people would congregate.
The building’s relationship with the existing topography and the coastline heavily informed my approach to this project. The structure imbeds itself in between two headlands, becoming a bridge between the two communities. The building acts as a meeting place, a pubic park, and a podium upon which the public can take in the view. The rhythm of the structure becomes a series of bays in which market stalls are set up – each bay framing a unique view of the surrounding coastline.
First Floor Plan
Ground Floor Plan
Southern Market Terrace
Main Market Hall