As part of the preparation of the North Lotts Amended Development Plan for the Dublin Docklands, ABK Architects carried out a number of design review studies for sites within the curtilage of the planning scheme.
Each site was tested against the parameters of the proposed development plan including use, plot-ratio, site coverage, height, building form, and materials to investigate how these guidelines would impact on the urban design.
A series of large-scale, outline designs were developed for each of the sites for office retail and residential development including elevations and 3-D massing studies and development area schedules.
The final designs for each of the blocks were assessed in terms of their impact on the public realm and on the overall urban design by incorporating them in an overall model of the urban quarter. The results of these studies informed the final Planning Scheme.