With 66 units on three, five and six storeys over underground carparking, Memorial Court is one of the largest senior citizen developments undertaken by Dublin City Council to date and the first project of its type to propose more than two storeys with lifts. The design seeks to address qualitative issues associated with senior citizens housing such as the need to provide a secure, personalised living environment for individual residents in a pleasant community setting. The scale of the buildings was carefully considered, with reference to earlier development (a 19th century terrace) in terms of plot definition, relative height, scale, use and streetscape. Units are planned in blocks of varying height around a south-facing landscaped courtyard, providing a sunny, secluded area for residents, shielded from road noise.
The superstructure comprises a precast concrete slab and wall system with an insitu concrete transfer slab at ground level over the basement carpark. The basement construction comprises a combination of contiguous piled retaining walls and insitu concrete retaining walls in “open cut”. The highly landscaped courtyard conceals rainwater attenuation storage media over the basement with suds benefits.
External finishes comprise insulated self-coloured render, terracotta and zinc rain screen cladding, natural stone and timber. Metals are galvanised or powder-coated, minimising maintenance needs. Apartment interiors include pre-fabricated bathroom and kitchen pods. Site aspect and views prompted the design of highly glazed living spaces with generous balconies. The building is enveloped with a 170mm thick insulated render system, providing a high degree of thermal insulation. Many units also benefit from passive solar gain.