Donore Village in Co. Meath
DFG Architects were appointed by our developer client to prepare scheme designs for a 13 acre residential and mixed-use zoned portion of land in the centre of Donore village in Co. Meath
Shortly after carrying out our initial site analysis it became evident to us that an opportunity existed to pursue a design solution which would seek to integrate social and community needs, commercial opportunity and our client’s development objectives.
To this end, we engaged in a co-operative relationship with planners, local resident group representatives and the local Parish Priest and Church body in order to explore the potential of such a development.
The solution arrived at has at its heart a village square with a permanently canopied farmers market which opens itself across the village Main Street to the local school beyond. We further proposed the removal of boundaries between our client’s site and a collection of parish buildings comprising the parish church, priest’s house, and a village hall. It was our proposal that the proposed square would wrap around these buildings in a medieval European fashion creating real connections between the new and the old.
Around this village square development, 138 dwellings are proposed incorporating several different dwelling types, from semi-detached houses to quad type houses and apartments. Strong formal visual connections were made between central circulation spaces and existing village features, such as an axial connection between the existing Catholic Church’s gable wall and a central public space of the housing scheme.
All proposed development is designed with the intention that it be constructed to the highest sustainable design standards; incorporating materials with low embodied energy, employing cutting-edge sustainable heating technologies, super-insulation techniques etc.
We see this proposed project as a fine example of how a thoughtful and co-operative endeavour can give rise to a sensitive and appropriate design solution that serves to reinforce the broader urban development potential of an existing village.