Runner up in Dublin’s Parlour Design Competition for a public plaza outside the 3 Arena, where the design concept was an Urban Living Room. This project was a collaboration with architect Derek Murphy.
The design concept was to create an ‘Urban Room’ at the scale of a public space. The containment elements to the Parlour Square comprise of the stage to the eastern edge and the portal/ gateway as a counterpoint on the western edge. These are constructed from structural bamboo which is a cost effective and renewable material, particularly suitable for the application of temporary structures.
During night-time events, the tall and elegant bamboo structure of the portal / gateway is lit for dramatic effect. This element is also designed to pivot and when inclined provides daytime sunshade to areas of the square. The delivery and erection of the design elements is intended to become an event in itself and put ‘The Parlour’ on the map.
During the day-time, the surface of the Parlour Square is populated by individual 6 x 3m sliding mats of various surface finishes combined with lightox tables, all of which slide out from within the base of the stage element. These accommodate the scale of more intimate human activities such as sitting, talking, reading and observing. See Parlour Competition for more.