Sorting Office

The opportunity to set back this building, raising its entrances to deal with a flooding benchmark thereby offering a series of planted terraces to the city was a move identified early on by the design team. The orientation would be a favourable southern one and the receiving environment was in need of an uplift, so this established the main parameters of the project and its generous allocation of public realm.

Cardiff Ln, Dublin Docklands, Dublin 2

The Sorting Office.

The landscape design reflects this transition from public to private, from the openness on the corner of Cardiff Lane and Hanover St East to the increasing sense of enclosure approaching the café and lobby terrace. This variation is achieved through changes in level, vegetation, positioning and scaling of routes.

Undulating terraced seating planters soften the building facade providing structure and seasonal colour.
Planting palette has successfully attracted pollinators into this section of the city.

Geometric forms in exposed aggregate concrete make wide yet deep planters, from which plants cascade over and thrive in the southern aspect. The terrace walls are thereby softened by a planting palette that creates movement and changes throughout the seasons as well as retaining interest throughout the winter months with the lignified structure of grasses and perennials.

A green brown roof hybrid was designed using sedum interspersed with deeper soil substrate areas to facilitate wild flower plug planting and increased species diversity.
The array of perennials and grasses are occasionally punctuated by larger multi stems to create structure to the scheme.

Grasses form a background to flowering perennials such as Perovskia atriplicifolia, Monarda ‘Cambridge Scarlet’ and Echinacea purpurea ‘Alba’.

Seating area detail.

Bernard Seymour /
Managing Director

Melanie Sharkey /
Associate Landscape Architect

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