Exploring the potential of and design proposals for a variety of
spaces in Bray, County Wicklow.
Second Year School of Architecture DIT Student Exhibition
The Theme for the second year school of Architecture DIT academic year 2010 - 2011 was ‘Urban Communities’ and the town of Bray in County Wicklow was chosen as the location for the students projects.
The academic program involved four different projects, the first or primer project involved an overall spatial study of Bray.
The second project was an urban block study of the site currently used as a car park on the Florence Road in the centre of the town and included a one week competition for an overall master plan that responded to the particular scale and grain of the town. The winning scheme was developed in detail and each student was given a part of the site and a building to design. This project included housing (student, elderly, single & family accommodation) retail, leisure, religious and community buildings.
The third project was expanded to cover the wider main street and environs and involved five different tight urban sites, all located along the length of and all of which had both direct and indirect connections with the main street. This project was for a new day centre for St Michael’s House and the challenge for the students centered on the integration of the proposed building into the context.
The fourth and final project was for a pavilion in Bray that functioned as an outdoor music venue, sports facility and a community centre/café. Four sites were chosen, three along the seafront and one beside the Carlisle football grounds on the Quinsborough Road which runs perpendicular to the main street so that a link was created between the projects in the town centre and on the seafront. The enclosure of the building had to be constructed from found or recycled materials in everyday use around the area and had to be small enough to be easily transportable to site and assembled by local unskilled volunteers.
Following completion of the academic year, a vacant retail unit on the main street in Bray was converted into an exhibition space for the students to showcase their work and to encourage discussion amongst the residents of the development potential of Bray town. The focus of the exhibition was the 1.200 scale model of Bray.
Special thanks to John Doyle of HJ Byrne, Liam McGarry of the Larder and Mick Glynn, Cathaoirleach of Bray Town Council from 2012-13 for enabling and assisting with the exhibition.