DUBLIN / Royal Canal Park
Sited in the heart of Dublin’s new dockland business centre, the park provides a natural breathing space where the idea of reversibility allows the project to adapt to a constantly evolving urban environment. Rectangular in form, gardens are placed in or out of the water; real or implied barges moored to structuring stone lines which are the main circulation corridors. Rather than proposing a fixed design for the entire length of the canal, Agence Ter identified the structuring lines on which the moveable or stationary “garden platforms” can be attached, each adapted to particular activities and ambiences – active, passive, floating, or otherwise. Some of these platforms will maintain a perennial character, while others – being reversible – will regularly redefine their initial configuration.
Floating gardens moored to the canal banks will increase the space available, creating a play of horizons between the canal banks and the water: the canal and its banks become one single vibrant expanse. They vary in density according to the seasons and the needs of the city, while providing venues for social, sporting, and cultural events in the new neighborhoods. The sterile surface of the old canal will be changed into a layer of fertility. Each platform will constitute a nature reserve, with different environments coexisting to promote increased biodiversity.