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Dublin Port precinct
public realm design

  • client Dublin Port Authority
  • team OBB architects
  • year, status 2014, competition selected
  • language NLEN

The East wall Road roughly marks the historic boundary between land and sea and is formed by an impressively crafted limestone wall. Our design proposes removing sections of the wall to open up views into the port precinct, yet retaining parts of the wall to remind us of its historical significance. As an object, the wall becomes more art than obstacle, strutted with stainless steel edges and framing views into the port, to be lit up at night. A system of low steel railings, are optional along the open sections for security and safety.

When water plays such an important role for a port is should be expressed in different ways. Our design proposes to create a water garden around the Port Centre in the form of a rain garden, creating an impressive foil for the monolithic concrete structure. The rain garden has sequences of aquatic plantings , that clean the water and provide a relaxing green setting. An amenity and interpretive route for visitors and staff is integrated into the gardens, using of system of boardwalks, where existing and new art pieces can be discovered. As well as a green amenity with boardwalks, seating areas and attractive planting, the rain garden will have an important environmental role for the port precinct. Similar to an urban sponge, the garden collects, retains and cleans the surface water runoff from the port precinct, attenuating and cleansing the water before discharging.


Fern garden
private garden

The fern garden is a family garden designed for a summer residence in Dalkey, Ireland. It’s design focuses on optimising its use in the months of June to August primarily and keeping maintenance to an acceptable low level. Ferns are ideally suited to the shade and a planting concept ( there are over 80 species of fern suited to the Irish climate) has been especially developed to suit this low maintenance garden.

The sunniest area of the garden has been transformed into a lounging area for relaxation and entertainment with extra privacy from overlooking houses. The low benches are suitable for lying on as well as sitting. Several small features have been added such as the wall fountain which serves as a cooler for wine and other beverages on those warm summer evenings. Other features include a free standing open fire, which also serves as a barbeque, lighting for the planting areas along the wall and an automatic watering system for the plants.


Cork´s new city park receives positive response
Work to transform the former Cork Showgrounds into a €4.5m park surrounding Páirc Uí Chaoimh is set to begin in September.

  • client Cork City Council
  • team Patrick Mc Cabe, David Habets (REDscape) icw Okra landscape architects
  • year, status 2014, current
  • budget € 4,500,000
  • language NLEN

“This is an exciting project where a Park of over 32 hectares – approximately five times the size of Fitzgerald Park – will be created and regenerated over the coming years,” said Cork City Council Director of Services Jim O’Donovan. The plans were presented just weeks before completion of the €2.5million re-development of Fitzgerald Park on the other side of the city. The new Mardyke Gardens, due to open by the end of May, will feature an outdoor pavillion as the centrepiece with the award-winning Chelsea Garden facing the River Lee with ornamental plants and trees. retaining a few eye-catching elements of the old buildings and transforming them into key park attractions. “The centrepiece of the park will be a central plaza, flanked by a tiered grass amphitheatre, playgrounds, and a large lawned picnic area. The central structure of the Main Hall in the Showgrounds will be retained and house facilities such as a cafe, toilet facilities and community activities,” he said. The transformation continues up to the Marina which, it’s proposed, will see the road raised and pedestrianised, bringing the Marina back to its glory days in the Victorian era as a key riverside walking area.
Source: Cork Echo, Alan Healy


Harbour Square completed
Unpretentious with a splash of fun

  • client Gemeente Deventer
  • team Patrick Mc Cabe, David Habets, Alexandra Zając-Kusiakiewicz, Bas Poppe
  • year, status 2014, completed
  • language NLEN

The design of the new harbour square is completed and will be built in 2013. Surfaced with black precast concrete slabs, with pink painted pictograms, reused bricks and a patchwork of natural stone along the quay, the square is unpretentious with a splash of fun. Two imposing steel light fixtures, echoing sails, illuminate the square at night for large events. The square (15km speed zone) provides the docking, parking and delivery facilities of a working harbour, yet completely transforms itself to cater for large events, festivals and other cultural activities for the living and cultural harbour.


Asia park
Draft plan for new park in Haarlem unveiled

  • client Municipality of Haarlem
  • team Patrick Mc Cabe, David Habets, Alexandra Zając-Kusiakiewicz Hein van Lieshout, Mark van der BIj,
  • year, status 2013, current
  • language NLEN

South of the Asia Road lies a wide green zone. It forms one of the green fingers that connect the city of Haarlem’s greenbelt to the town centre of Schalkwijk. For the development plan ‘Schalkwijk 2000+’ it was decided to upgrade and transform this stroke into a high value green amenity area. Within this amenity area, buildings in the form of towers ‘jewels in the green’have been proposed.

REDscape was invited to develop a new identity for the park and together with the towers to delvier a new impulse to the quality of Schallkwijk and the surrounding neighbourhoods of Boerhaven wijk and Meerwijk.

The park design utilises and extends the existing tree layer around the periphery of the park. Bulbs and woodland planting transform the meadow edges into a blaze of colour in Spring. The new park offers space for locals to meet and recreate. Asia Park was recently unveiled to local inhabitants and met a positive response. Circular gardens surrounded by sculpted yew hedges offer new settings for local intiatives to take hold and flourish in the park. Initiaitves include a school garden, a butterfly garden and an adventure play area. The towers are being developed by VMX architects and van Dam Architects.


Reconstruction of the Asschatterkeerkade completed.
The Grebbe Line emerges

  • year 2013
  • language NLEN

The Asschatterkeerkade is one of several smaller projects (designed by Michael van Gessel together with Patrick Mc Cabe) for the historic Grebbe Line defences. By developing small insertions in the landscape, the military landscape of the Grebbe Line will once again become recognisable along its 67km length. A series of larger projects including the reconstruction of Fort Buursteeg are to reach completion in 2013-2015.


Industry road
A patchwork of natural stone, is completed.

  • client Gemeente Deventer, Local authority of Deventer
  • team Patrick Mc Cabe, Jorryt Braaksma, Bas Poppe
  • year, status 2012, completed
  • language NLEN

The reconstruction of the Industry Road is the first phase of the public realm design for the Harbour quarter in Deventer. In keeping with the theme ´cheap but sexy´, our realisation budget was half that of conventional budgets. As Deventer harbour was used as a transport hub for the delivery of huge amounts of materials from around the world to the city, we decided it would be fitting to develop a concept that would reflect that history. We decided to develop the design for the public realm as a patchwork of stone (including reused materials) originating form different parts of the world.

The irregularity of the patchwork coincided with a flexible supply concept to gather and supply high quality building materials over longer periods of time in a depot and use the materials when and where required as redevelopment occurred. The spatial concept envisaged for the harbour inverting the edges to readdress the relationship with its surroundings and present the working and living culture of the harbour quarter in a positive way. The patchwork is to act as a catalyst for the development of new businesses and housing to face the city.

Together with the local authority we designed a special cycle track from brushed concrete slabs separated by a lines of granite that obliquely refer to the system of railway lines that used to run along the Industry road. All materials were selected for their unpretentious, gritty quality. In situ material sample areas were built to research materials and detailing to test and apply the final design.

As the Harbour quarter is to be developed largely by private individuals over a longer period of time, nobody knew where or when the first developments would occur. REDscape proposed developing a toolbox of design principles for the whole harbour quarter which could be applied anywhere and everywhere if necessary. The patchwork is one of these principles.


Green Port Dublin
A new vision for Dublin Port

  • client presented to Dublin Port Authority and Dublin City Council
  • team Patrick Mc Cabe, David Habets, Alexandra Zając-Kusiakiewicz
  • year, status 2012, completed
  • language NLEN

Green Port Dublin, a new vision for the Port of Dublin which is based around the aims of the master plan 2040 for the port. In this vision we propose a new interactive relationship between the port and Dublin city. Strengthening its integration with the city, developing a new green network, and instigating major nodes of cultural interaction and exchange.

A recent research project by REDscape Landscape & Urbanism comparing the development of harbours in Asia and Europe lead us to develop a number of spatial initiatives to demonstrate the application of our work. Our research explored the relationship between the harbour and the city in particular to regional logistical systems, public space and potential shared investments between port authorities and their respective cities. The findings of the study lead us to focus on a subset of smaller European harbours that showed clear potential for restructuring and growth.

In this vision we propose a new interactive relationship between the port and Dublin city: strengthening its integration with the city, developing a new green network, and instigating major nodes of cultural interaction and exchange. The port receives 1.7 million visitors per year, yet where is the ‘calling card’ to Dublin city?

We also investigate the potentials of sustainable energy in the port and propose ideas for shifts to alternative energy forms and the active role the port has to play in this new economy. The real need to extend Dublin port and its ro-ro activities is also explored in the context of significant environmental improvements to Dublin bay, in particular to the Tolka estuary. The essence of our vision in these recessionary times underlines the belief that carefully orchestrated changes and focused pay-back investments will create jobs, a better city and ultimately more profit for the country.

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