Alto Vetro

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Official Name Alto Vetro
Structure Type Building
Status Completed
Country Ireland
City Dublin
Street Address & Map Grand Canal Quay, Dublin 2
Building Function residential / commercial
Structural Material concrete
Proposed 2003
Completion 2008

Companies Involved

Owner/Developer Treasury Holdings Ireland
Design Shay Cleary Architects
Architect of Record jharchitecture
Structural Engineer
Design DBFL Consulting Engineers
MEP Engineer
Design Homan O'Brien Associates
Main Contractor John Sisk & Son
Other Consultant
• Cost Bruce Shaw Partnership
Façade Billings Design Associates; Permasteelisa Group
• Fire John A. McCarthy Fire Safety Consultancy
• Landscape Hyland Edgar Driver
• Life Safety Bruce Shaw Partnership
• Quantity Surveyor Bruce Shaw Partnership

About Alto Vetro

The site for this tiny jewel of a project is at the junction of Grand Canal Quay and Pearse Street. Its position is significant in urban design terms in that it marks a particularly important Dublin location as one approaches the city from the east by bridge over Grand Canal Dock.

The building form is that of a pristine glazed, rectangular, free-standing object. The architectural language of the scheme is consciously neutral and non-expressive of any specific function or spatial arrangement, in the interest of achieving a singular architectural expression and presence. Each floor comprises two triple-aspect apartments arranged around a central circulation core. Glazing is floor-to-ceiling throughout, and behind the glazed outer skin sliding timber screens can be arranged differentially to modify the sense of enclosure within the various spaces. Along with these elements there are also motorized roller blinds for the full extent of each apartment perimeter. The façade of the building, while having a simple formal clarity, has simultaneously a complexity and richness through the overlay of the somewhat random projecting balconies and the various static and moving elements.

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