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Father Collins Park, Donaghmede PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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WINNER OF:  Irish Architecture Awards 2010 (RIAI) 'Best Public Space Award' and Green Apple Award 2010 (UK)

MCO Projects are project managers and architects with partners Ar. Arq. (Argentina) for the design and development of the recently completed 55 acre contemporary urban park at the centre of a new urban quarter called Dublin’s North Fringe. The park is the first self-sustaining park in Ireland and sets a new standard for urban design. Cement provided by EcoCem

Five wind turbines power electrical functions on site, reed beds filter pond water, and significant attention has been paid to promoting biodiversity and specifying green materials.  The park features two playing pitches, playgrounds a skateboard park, woodland, picnic areas, exercise stations and an amphitheater. Five 50kW Entergrity EW15 turbines standing 25m tall to the tower top – line the central promenade powering lighting features, water aeration, electrical sockets and service buildings.  

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WINNER OF:  the Green Building Award at Ireland's Green Awards 2010

Dechen Shying, a spiritual care centre at Dzogchen Beara Buddhist complex in West Cork.

Solearth Architects designed this beautiful building to give physical form to the ideas found in the classic Tibetan Book of Living and Dying.  Practice founders Mike Haslam and Brian O’Brien describe their design philosophy as “regenerating the environment through design. Our work merges ecological design and architectural excellence to arrive at solutions that are mutually beneficial to the client, user and the environment.”



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Mater Orchard Building

WINNER OF: SEIs Sustainable Building Award 2008

The Mater Orchard Building designed by MCO Projects is a low energy design using an innovative passive stack ventilation design with supply air windows. The building has a green sedum roof and is very airtight to ensure the effectiveness of the thermal insulation and give the building a high performance envelope. It is designed to maximise passive solar gain and provide a private and secure living environment.


DW EcoCo Sustainable Design Consultants made recommendations on insulation, airtightness detailing, wall construction, thermal break detailing, and carried out the U-value calculations to refine the specification. They also proposed and applied for House of Tomorrow funding from Sustainable Energy Ireland: the project received € 87,500 to assist in paying for some of the energy efficiency measures and innovations and to monitor the project for a full year after occupation.