The masterplan unites several historic buildings through a common landscape treatment. The pedestrian circulation is achieved through a central spine route through a sequence of mixed-use buildings. The landscape scheme comprises a seating courtyard, the new tomb of Nano Nagle, a contemplative garden and a garden responding to a new cafeteria by JCA. The project is an addition to the Cork City historic trail.
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The visitors route is organized as a spine through the site and unfolds as a compelling narrative or journey starting on the paved forecourt to Douglas Street enhancing the public realm and hopefully adding an impetus for a needed improvement to the street itself.
The ‘spine’ route continues threading its way through buildings and spaces, some the results of massive excavations, making new spaces, revealing new vistas and enclosures.
The paving of the main route softly begins to fragment with pockets of planting appearing within it as one descends to the spiritual centre of the site; the contemplative garden.
Large red sandstone inserts invite a reflective moment standing amongst the frothy chamomile. The presence of water, strategically located benches and tactile finishes help create a really special ambiance
By the tomb of Nano Nagle, we have used a massive limestone slab size to subtly signify the otherness of the space and allow the tomb, the stained glass artworks and the water to prevail emotionally.
The central spine ends in a small cafe framed by lush planting and vistas to the original convent gardens, left largely unchanged, with novices walk, sitting niches and statues.