Dorset Street Student Housing

Aiding in the area’s regeneration while providing essential student accommodation.

The development of this underutilised brownfield urban site provided a significant opportunity. Dorset Point, a six-storey mixed-use development, provides accommodation for 447 students, associated management suite, student common areas, gymnasium, and retail spaces.  The development of this underutilised brownfield urban site provided a significant opportunity to aid in the area’s regeneration along with providing essential student accommodation in Dublin.

The building is arranged to repair the urban edges of the site, providing a positive street frontage to Dorset and Wellington Street, and elevating Paradise Place from a neglected back lane to a dignified residential street. A simple articulated break in the street line marks the primary entrance to the site.

Client Bennett Construction / Hines
Location Dublin 1, Ireland
Year 2017
Size 13,883m²

Large glazed areas facilitate passive surveillance to Dorset Street.

The choice of materials, careful planning of routes, intuitive wayfinding, creates dynamic and safe spaces. These spaces, experienced by residents, are linked in a holistic manner and allow students to interact in a collegiate manner while also allowing for individual independence when preferred.

The exterior courtyards are linked with internal student activities and programmed with orientation and access to daylight in mind, to provide an enhanced level of student amenity.

The interior fitout provides visual continuity through interwoven communal and private spaces.

Varied uses at ground level (student gymnasium, café, student housing reception and foyer, and a single subdivision retail unit) deliver further amenity and bring much needed activity to Dorset Street.

Exposed concrete in student amenity areas, continues through the walls and floors of stair cores, eventually manifesting with exposed concrete columns in all student clusters. The colour palette and material selection emanating from common areas, similarly finds its way into the living and bedrooms in the form of flooring and key loose furniture pieces. Bold coloured undercrofts and window panels bring this interior life to the external courtyards.

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