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New Dublin Digital Hub Designs

This slim 16 floor tower by John Pardey Architects is a key part for the new Digital Hub in Dublin master-planned by HKR Architects standing on the Windmill Site that is being worked on by developer, P Elliot & Company.

Called the Digital Tower, it is located on Crane Street next to the main pedestrian flow to and from the Guinness Storehouse, if built it will rise to 67.3 metres high.

The scheme will be largely office offering tenants generous accommodation specifications of 37.5 metres floor to floor heights with ground floor retail and a top floor restaurant.

Architecturally it has been designed as two interlocking blocks, one a glass block with aluminium fins supposed inspired by the innards of an Apple G5 computer that offers the office space. The fins are controllable to provide adjustable solar shading whilst the glass is a single frameless layer on the outside with another layer of glass, this time double glazing, on the inside.

The other block is a stone clad service section with sloping sides that reference an old Smock Tower, a traditional Irish windmill, one of which stands only metres from the site. The surrounding area of Dublin is famous for its industrial past with numerous old chimneys, hence the naked masonry that draws from the industrial heritage.

These chimneys have further impacted on the massing which have driven the sheer slenderness of the tower from the side of a waffer-thin 4.8 : 1.

At ground level will be a major new café providing an active street-front for the area designed to sit under a canopy that will flutter in the wind. To be made from a white cloth, it not only protects the street from downdrafts and rain but also further references the windmills that the area is famous for.

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